Alan’s poem, “Summer Dawn in Kansas City” will be anthologized in the 2017 publication of Kansas Time + Place.
Angel in the Pines is Alan’s working title for a collection of published and unpublished poems written over several decades. He seeks a publisher.
The poem “Brownout” was recorded for broadcast by KCUR public radio as part of the WORD project highlighting KC writers.
Visit the feature on Alan and the poem at the KCUR website HERE, or listen below:
The poem “Brownout” appears in the in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of I-70 Review.
A renga is a five-line poem–haiku of 3 lines + 2 line couplet. Japanese has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count for the five lines. American English varies this with some liberties, as shown below. The poem then is passed to the next person (sake is included in the traditional Japanese setting but not here), who composes a poem that responds to previous verse (word, sound, image, or idea). And then the poem is passed to the next writer, to build a conversation. In this renga, seven poets participate: Denise Low, Ken Eberhart, Barbara Montes, GeneAnn Newcomer, Diane Willie, Erika Zeitz, and Alan Proctor.
Read it HERE on Denise Low’s blog.
The poem “Old Highway 9” has been included in the Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers available from Whirlybird Press.