Biography of Hans Ostrom
[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-father 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. -Co-wrote and/or co-edited several books with the late Wendy Bishop. Member of the PEN/American Center. Peace be with you. Blog: http: //poetsmusings-muser.blogspot.com/
Hans Ostrom's Works:
books on amazon, barnesandnoble, etc.: Clear a Place for Good: Poems 2006-2012. The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems 1976-2006 (Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing,2006): HONORING JUANITA (novel): WITHOUT ONE (novel): Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively (New York: Longman,2001-written with Kate Haake and Wendy Bishop) Clear a Place for Good: Poems 2006-2012) : The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (5 volumes) , ed. with J. David Macey (Westport, CT.: Greenwood,2005) : A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia (Greenwood,2002) : Subjects Apprehended: Poems (Pudding House Press, Ohio,2000) .
- Rush, Our -new-
- The Fallibility Sonnet -new-
- The Down Escalator -new-
- Duke, Again -new-
- Cookbook Unrest -new-
- Rational Dreamer -new-
- Horizon -new-
- Polite Society Versus The Woods [transla... -new-
- For The Birds -new-
- Quiet Whiteness -new-
- Italian Coffee Pot -new-
- Things I Heard Last Wednesday -new-
- Let The Maul Fall
- Phantom Blues
Hans Ostrom Poems
In a wilderness of reasons not to write, he wrote. Just wrote. Each word was the belief in the possibility of the next.
How To Write A Poem: A Poem
First, clear the area of critics. Next, grab an image or a supple length of language and get going. It’s all you now. Mumble, sing,
Langston Hughes And Barack Obama
Let's lay down some lines for Langston Hughes this day of news: 20 January 2009. A fine piece of the dream's no longer deferred, though the thought's occurred that Mr. Hughes
Imagine you can consider all ideas And images represented by all words And numbers in all libraries worldwide. Open the book of this consideration.
How To Be A Cat
Be the noble curator of your excellence, for fate made you perfect. In all things, be precise: standing, sitting, staring, walking, sniffing, eating, sleeping, killing. Never look in mirrors,
And Now, Whether
Today’s whether report calls for increasing perplexity in the morning hours, followed by intermittent
A Hod-Carrier Reflects
Stone walls get the last word. This wall, my father built. He’s dead. It stands. He hefted each rock, troweled mortar, composed High-Sierra granite,
Fossil Of A Wing
News: a signature of flight stays imprinted on blue-black strata in Earth’s uncertain crust. (Body long since gone.)
A Photograph Of The Day-Shift: North Sta...
This print grays their mission like carbide. Denim and cotton fall from shoulders, enwrap legs in a fog of fatigue.
Sestina: The Game Of Baseball
The circle is the center of the game: The trip from home to home; mound; ball. And Baseball’s creed is O-penness: fields; Gloves like birds’ mouths; past fences lies forever.
An alley never concerns itself. An alley always concerns the social geometry that shapes it—a pompous
Theology And Banking
He tried to confess his sins to a bank. He told the teller about his specific
If you don’t have it, you must need it, and if you need it, we can feed it to you. You’re free to buy what you want,
High School Football
We stuffed our crotches into hometown pants. Clacked on concrete out to mud and grass. Hit each other. Bled. Got dizzy.
The Mother Of All Poems
When I think about writing the mother
of all poems that is to say a big serious
poem about my mother, I think about
the poem I wrote, in Karl Shapiro's class,
about how a piano contains all notes,
all potential melodies, etc., in some kind
of ideal way. And after I read it, Shapiro
said to the class, 'D.H. Lawrence wrote
a poem about a piano, but it was really