Featured Poet George Drew

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For this month’s Poetry Feature, we bring you four poems by George Drew, a poet who, like his colorful background (born in Mississippi, raised both there and in New York State) resounds with an enviable range, energy, and lyrically narrative intensity.

“It Wasn’t a Waltz and it Wasn’t a Tango” is a fantastic blend of familial tension and dark humor. Likewise, “Funk” is a poem that seems to draw its energy off balancing opposites—in this case, aggression with bemusement—the end product being as much a focused character study as it is a broader act of social commentary.

“Glen Allen’s Legacy” is notable not just for its energetic spacing, but for what it wisely leaves out of the story. As any good writer knows, what you don’t say is just as important as what you say. Finally, “Flipping Off the Muse” is a sultry, rip-roaring piece that praises the poetry of others while still firmly establishing its own voice—something else that fine writers like George Drew seem able to do with an ease that leaves me jealous, sure, but also entertained and very, very grateful.

 

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About Author

Michael Meyerhofer’s third book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books are Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award). He has also won the James Wright Poetry Award, the Laureate Prize, the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry, the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, and five chapbook prizes. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters, River Styx, Quick Fiction and other journals, and can be read online at his website.

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