Duane Robert Pierson’s early schooling was in a one-room schoolhouse, no plumbing, no electricity, etc. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts in biology and history from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University.
He has taught elementary school, high school, and has been a college professor. Among the subjects taught are English, creative writing, poetry, history, science, and ethics.
His considerable management experience includes having served as a corporate chief executive officer. He has been a management and leadership consultant, and a public speaker. He also founded of several organizations within the environmental/conservation field.
Among his other experiences are being an infantry officer, athlete, art gallery owner, stonemason, farming, and photography.
Over the years he has written and published extensively.
A girl in a summer dress
turns hot into cool,
sweat into sweet,
steam to chilled mist.
A river flows through this country
seen only by the cynical eye of the excluded sane,
a stream of cultural sewage glittering like ersatz gems
sending ripples of scented acid lapping at citizen souls,
You should apologize.
Get down on your knees and plead,
but your apology will be worthless,
like expectorant into a sewer.
With corn ripe golden hair
she bestrode the harvest
before the black frost set in,
smiling gently and triumphal