Utah

In 2012, Lance Larsen was named to a five-year term as Utah Poet Laureate. He is the author of four collection of poems: Genius Loci, Backyard Alchemy, In All Their Animal Brilliance, and Erasable Walls. He holds a PhD from the University of Houston.

upcoming events

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Mar 03 2017
Poetry in the Park

POETRY IN THE PARK workshop at Zion Park with Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, Poet Laureate of the Colorado Western Slope as visiting poet exploring Metaphors Everywhere in the beauty of Zion National Park in early Spring before the crowds and shuttles.  Bring a sack lunch or enjoy eating at the Redrock Grill during the poetry workshop at Zion Park Lodge on Fri, Mar 3, from 8:30am to 4pm sponsored by Utah State Poetry Society, ZCFI and ZNHA funded by the UDAM and NEA. Fee-$50 includes free pass to the park and guided naturalist walk. Register at zionpark.org/class/poetry-in-the-park/ details at poetry-in-the-park.com Come early for a free lecture on Th Mar 2 at 7 pm sponsored by Z-Arts at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, Utah. Bring a poem to share. Contact Director Lin Floyd lin@sunrivertoday.com for more info on overnight lodging available.

11:00am
1 Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
84767 Springdale, Utah

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poems

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For she rides updrafts with scalloped hands, interrogating air.
For in the kingdom of lift, she has few peers. 
For she bullies the hawk and drops stones on a snapping fox.
For her trickster ways coalesce into spirals.
For I pine for a Muse so wild with wind.
For she counts murderous drop-

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   A long time passes—long even in the understanding of stone—and at last Bone feels entitled to speak to Silence. There are prerequisites: proper depth, aridity, desiccation, ph balance, density, and a kind of confidence. No loam: say salt, say dust, say southwest Utah. And when the conversation occurs it is

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By dark the world is once again intact,
Or so the mirrors, wiped clean, try to reason. . .
                                       --James Merrill
This dream of water--what does it harbor?
I see Argentina and Paraguay
under a curfew of glass, their colors
breaking, like oil. The