Forrest Hamer

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Forrest Hamer is an American poet, psychologist, and psychoanalyst. He is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Rift (Four Way Books, 2007). His first collection, Call & Response, (Alice James Books) won the Beatrice Hawley Award, and his second, Middle Ear (Roundhouse Press), received the Northern California Book Award. He has rece ...

Forrest Hamer Poems


It was 1963 or 4, summer,
and my father was driving our family
from Ft. Hood to North Carolina in our 56 Buick.
We'd been hearing about Klan attacks, and we knew


This air is flooded with her. I am a boy again, and my mother
and I lie on wet grass, laughing. She startles, turns to
marigolds at my side, saying beautiful, and I can see the red
there is in them.


After I stumbled through the gauntlet, after they had hit me
As hard as they could,
Some there only because there was someone else
To be brought in, I joined them

A Poem Also About The Unconscious

To make it back home across town,
we had to learn to walk
only through black neighborhoods.
Think about this as the map

A Poem Also About Duplicity

It would be unfortunate if the idea of multiple selves
obscured the fact the self is still
responsible for the terror it makes in the mind.

It would be a mistake if the multiple meanings

Forrest Hamer Comments

Pennee Gift 05 April 2012

I love how you put words together. Thank you for sharing them.

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Indira Babbellapati 30 March 2012

glad i bumped into ur pages...

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Anonymous 12 March 2019

I needed to research fim for a school projest

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Keith Jeffries 27 April 2017

As an Englishman living in the Canary Islands: a writer and poet, I came across Forrest´s poems on the Internet and was immediately drawn to his style of writing. The poem Origins had a profound impact on me as Forrest touched on the subjects of sexual orientation and race. As I am visiting the UK in August I intend to buy the three books, ¨Rift¨, ¨Middle Ear¨and ¨Call & Response¨. Should Forrest ever write an autobiography then I would be first in the queue. Keep writing Forrest and thank you. Keith Jeffries

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Ron Wimberly 30 March 2014

Many things in life were told not to do! Life's Magic teaches us to undo!

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Larry B. Stell 30 March 2014

Hello Forrest. My name is Larry B. Stell; just completed a book of poetry and I have several poems on this website,, under my name. Your comments in the poem, Lesson, reminded me of a trip I took from a university summer program in Colorado back to Little Rock, Arkansas. The director asked if Jimmy Lieb, a student (African American) could ride with me and my German wife back to Little Rock, about wife and I were refused service in a restaurant in Oklahoma but the owner said he had to, by law, serve Jimmy. I think I will use this as a theme in a forthcoming poem.......any ideas? Larry B. Stell, poet/writer

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