Poetry. The book's poems detail rewards, challenges, and disappointments of life, especially in Missouri and the Midwest, as well as meditations on Midwestern nature and geography and on the ironies of the poet's place in contemporary culture. "The title says it all," says Bargen when asked sum up his newest book, "the ways that we fail ourselves, each other, sustaining ourselves on the earth, are there for all of us to see / read, if we will just open our eyes and minds. I hope the panes of these poems are clear enough for all to see through."
Walter Bargen has published 24 books of poetry. Recent books include: THE FEAST (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004), DAYS LIKE THIS ARE NECESSARY (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2009), TROUBLE BEHIND GLASS DOORS (BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013), Too Quick for the Living (Moon City Press, 2017), My Other Mother's Red Mercedes (Lamar University Press, 2018), Until Next Time (Singing Bone Press, 2019), and POLE DANCING IN THE NIGHTCLUB OF GOD (Red Mountain Press, 2020). His awards include: a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Chester H. Jones Foundation Award, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009). He studied philosophy and anthropology at the University of Missouri, receiving a BA in Philosophy and a Masters in English Education. He currently lives outside Ashland, Missouri, on eleven acres of reclaimed pasture where he feeds a rowdy gang of raccoons, too many feral cats that have decided a bowl of food is enough to declare themselves tame, and all the usual birds: cardinals, mourning doves, humming birds, and many more.Author City: ASHLAND, MO USA