Appointed poet laureate of the state of Florida on June 15, 2015, Peter Meinke is the author of over twenty books of poetry. He has received many awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. He worked at Eckerd College until 1993, when he retired. During his time at the college, he founded and directed its Writing Workshop.


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Sep 08 2017
Poetry LocalMic: Alice Teeter, Judy Rosemarin, and Dan Graveley
Featuring Alice Teeter, Judy Rosemarin, and Dan Graveley.
Alice Teeter, a native Floridian, graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Her fifth book of poetry, Mountain Mother Poems, was published in February of this year. She taught beginning and intermediate poetry writing at Emory University in Atlantic for three years and is an Associate Editor for Calamaro in Atlanta. Alice is a member of Alternate ROOTS, a service organization for artists doing community-based work in the Southeast; a member of the Artist Conference Network, a national coaching community for people doing creative work; and a member of the Atlanta Women’s Poetry Collective.
Judy Rosemarin, Career Coach and co-author of Becoming An Exceptional Executive Coach is founder of Sense-Able Strategies, Inc., a 34 year old Career Management and Executive Coaching consulting firm.She was the original CareersPlus columnist for the New York Post, taught at New York University and Baruch College in New York City, and is now an instructor at Ringling College Life Long Learning Academy where she will be teaching Influential Listening Skills.
Dan Graveley was born in Dear Lodge, Montana. Besides teaching English, he has worked as cowhand, a laborer, a "mud-hop" at a railroad freight yard, once as a gravedigger with his father (he was operating the backhoe), an office clerk, a cannery worker, a warehouse man ...  while managing a resort in Wisconsin, as a plumber, carpenter, electrician, grass cutter, boat bailer, dock builder, roofer, bat catcher, raccoon and skunk remover. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana in Missoula where he studied with Richard Hugo. He published his first book of poetry in 2008.
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Florida poet laureate

Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke was named the poet laureate of Florida in 2015. He is the author of Lucky Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press).


Midsummer lies on this town 
like a plague: locusts now replaced 
by humidity, the bloodied Nile

now an algae-covered rivulet 
struggling to find its terminus. 
Our choice is a simple one:

to leave or to remain, to render 
the Spanish moss a memory 
or to pull it from trees, repeatedly.

And this must be what
Barque of phosphor
On the palmy beach,

Move outward into heaven,
Into the alabasters
And night blues.

Foam and cloud are one.
Sultry moon-monsters
Are dissolving.

Fill your black hull
With white moonlight.

There will never be an end
To this droning of the surf.
After The I Hate to Cook Cookbook (1961)
How scattered I am: post-spouse, with company coming;
in Florida in my earthquake gown, in my eelskin slingbacks
and electric mink stole. I tried to make
puff paste with sweating hands; butter
in the KitchenAid, covered in Everglaze;
apocalyptic looking and