To Keep Going with Walter Bargen

Show Notes

Nature is integral to human life – and has been an inspiration for poets, writers, artists, and more throughout time.  In this episode, I had the great opportunity to sit down with Walter Bargen. Walter is an established writer and has published nineteen books of poetry.  Walter reads one of his poems, To Keep Going, that has appeared in his books, Remedies for Vertigo (2006) and in Days Like This are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009). Following the poem, you will hear brief but beautiful commentary from Walter that threads all of the pieces together.  While we chatting, I asked Walter how he thinks poetry can touch people as we are all going through this environmental crisis, and he told me that “During times of great tragedy, people revert to looking for both solace and wisdom in poetry.” He hopes that people will “use poetry to not only brace themselves but to become more active and more open and wanting to solve the problems that we face.”  So brace yourself, and listen to the poem To Keep Going by Walter Bargen. 
to keep going with Walter Bargen

Meet Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen is an established writer and has published nineteen books of poetry (and counting). Some of his most recent books include His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch(2015).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  

He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri and has won numerous awards for his work. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, and more.

Purchase Walter’s books on Amazon or locally in Columbia, Missouri. 

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