Christopher Keller

Rookie (12-16-1977 / Franklin, Wisconsin)

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Christopher Keller is a poet, poetry group founder, teacher and ultra endurance athlete. He reads his works throughout Wisconsin, Montana and Oregon. Christopher studied at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in the late 1990’s. During this time, he backpacked through Europe and mountaineered the Argentinean Andes, as well as Mexico’s volcanoes. In 2002 he was hired as an outdoor science ... more »

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Out there, were freeways of Montana wheat fields,
and I didn't need to say anything to anyone,
rolling down the sleeves of an Oldsmobile,
leaning out of that husk with a drunken kiss on my lips,
and I could smell the blackened stalks between the stars.

And what I thought of,
was being eighty and watching a childhood friend refuse
the thin cylinders of fluid that would pause his body
while accepting May and the icicles that had begun to drip,
till there was no reason to stand beside his hospital bed.

It's what I thought of when I was sixteen and ...

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