Today's Featured Poet

Robert Hedin

Poet Robert Hedin was born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota. He studied at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. After living in North Carolina, France, and Alaska for many years, he returned to...

Of all the people in the mornings at the mall,   
it’s the old liberators I like best,   
those veterans of the Bulge, Anzio, or Monte Cassino   
I see lost in Automotive or back in Home Repair,   
bored among the paints and power...

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