Today's Featured Poet

Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones was born in Falkville, Alabama in 1950. He was educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is on the Illinois Arts Council....

The tortures of lumbago consumed Aunt Madge,
And Leah Vest, once resigned from schoolmarming,
Could not be convinced to leave the house,
And Mrs. Mary Hogan, after birthing her fifth son,

Lay bedfast for the last fifty-two years of...

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