A Poetry Chapbook.
Finishing Line Press, 2015.
the very same ones
my wide-eyed ancestors in the early 1800s—
now shine on me, brightly as they did then
in the Midwestern north country where
those spirited relatives built sod-houses on their tracts of land
with rough hands and sheer
determination, not too far from where I,
some time and distance apart,
sit watching Shakespeare
under that same canopy of stars,
a smile of wonder on my face while caught up in
A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
the cicada serenade,
the late summer cool caress of night air—
a communion with an apartness
not really understood there …
About the Author
Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015) Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook). Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer.