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Hans Ostrom

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[Please see the Youtube channel langstonify for recorded poems by others and a few by me.} -Born and raised in a small town in the High Sierra of California: Sierra City. My dad was a carpenter and stone mason, mother a substitute teacher. -Attended schools there and went to high school in the Central Valley. -Went to Sierra Community College for two years. -Earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Davis, studying there with Karl Shapiro. -Now and English professor in the Pacific Northwest, where I have taught in the English Dept and the African American Studies Program. I co-founded the latter. I co-edited the Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature 4 volumes, ... more »

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For Librarians

Imagine you can consider all ideas
And images represented by all words
And numbers in all libraries worldwide.
Open the book of this consideration.
Touch the paper. See the illustration
Of you, reading, when you were ten
In your local library. Turn
Several pages. Now read how you
And that other person ignited romance
In, of all places, the stacks, third floor,
In quite a different library. Snowflakes
Brushed against dark glass as you two
Stood between PQ and PR.

Now go to the index. Find “possibility.”
Look up from the book. The librarian
Who...

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