Eric Torgersen Poems
- New Leaves In the kitchen window the coleus I cut down to ...
- The Story Of White Man Leading...
- Re: That That was no language that was your life. That was a...
- Open Stage Poetry Reading After the one that sings, and after...
- My Blindness Once I woke up in the dark and thought I was ...
- Back Keep the tale, it's free, just bring the book back. Eat...
- Already Dead A crackpot gringo in Guatemala told me: when ...
Eric Torgersen has published poetry, fiction, essays and a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry, especially that of Rainer Maria Rilke and Nicolas Born. He was born in Huntington, New York. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell University; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He retired in the spring of 2008 after 38 years of teaching writing at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. His next book of poems, Heart. Wood., will be published in 2012 by Word Press. more »
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In the kitchen window
the coleus I cut down to stumps
to make cuttings for friends
is spreading new leaves to the sun.
the light catches
rise from the new leaves;
red seeps into green
along the veins.
at the sun
and looks and looks and looks.
I would visit my friends
but feel troubled and shy.