Freshman year of college at Occidental, my roommate Ryan Latimer gave some of my poetry to her English professor, Professor Michael Near. What resulted was probably one of the happiest days of my life, because Professor Near said he liked my poetry.
As you writers know, the moment an esteemed professional validates your writing feels like nothing else. Professor Near’s faith in me emboldened me to talk to some of my dorm mates about putting my work into their literary magazine, HOLY COW.
So, in 1989, they decided to publish this poem, which I dug up to share with you here:~ read more ~