Appointed poet laureate of the state of Colorado on September 9, 2014, Joseph Hutchison teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs. He has published several books and chapbooks of poetry.

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Apr 14 2017
Open Mic Poetry Night

Join us at the Mancos Library

Friday, April 14th @ 6:30pm

for an all-ages Open Mic Poetry Night

to Celebrate the Love of Poetry!

If you like great poetry this is your night!!!

Time is reserved early in the program for younger children to read or recite their favorite poems (that way parents will not have to keep them out to late).

Registration is not required to take part in reading.

There will be a poetry book display for those who become suddenly inspired to step up to the mic.

Performances are limited to 5 minutes (you can do one long poem or a few shorter poems).

Come along and celebrate all things Library by reading your own work or the work of someone who has inspired you!!!

8:30pm to 10:30pm
211 West First Street, PO Box 1155
81328 MANCOS, Colorado

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for the wisdom of the Rocky Mountain National Park

what to call wild use
of nature
to the human
where character
is centered
entering like a devotee,
genuflecting, vast space
what to call drama


Written in Platte Cañon, Colorado

Spirit that form'd this scene,
These tumbled rock-piles grim and red,
These reckless heaven-ambitious peaks,
These gorges, turbulent-clear streams, this naked freshness,

These formless wild arrays, for reasons of their own,
I know thee, savage
In Colorado, In Oregon, upon	
each beloved fork, a birthday is celebrated.
I miss each and every one of my friends.
I believe in getting something for nothing.
Push the chair, and what I can tell you 
with almost complete certainty
is that the chair won't mind.
And beyond hope,
I expect it is like this