On “Scum Sifter in St. Louis” (#21)

When initiating “Scum Sifter in St. Louis,” written on the heels of “Pantsless in Boston,” Martin moved the duo from the couplets of their first three poems to a four-line stanza. The poem tells the tale of a chemist for a major brewery who fears for his job in middle America but who discovers a measure of liberation by the end. It took more time to complete than the first three — six weeks instead of several days apiece — because Martin was also competing in Project Verse, an online poetic version of Project Runway, and traveling to Brazil. The two finally put on the finishing touches July 6, 2009.

“Scum Sifter in St. Louis” first appeared in Volume 3, Number 34 (January 2010) of Conceit Magazine, the saddle-stitched labor of love of Ms. Perry Terrell. It is the twenty-first poem in the final sequence of Poets’ Guide to America.

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About poetsguide

A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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