New Kentucky Poet Laureate Stands on the Shoulders of Teachers

As do we all…., a site focusing on happenings in and around Lexington, KY, reports that Maureen Morehead, Kentucky’s new poet laureate, was inspired by two teachers who taught her in high school and by a graduate writing seminar conducted with 2005-06 Kentucky poet laureate Sena Jeter Naslund. Morehead herself became a teacher for thirty-two years, inspiring and engaging groups of up to 150 students.

Will the future poet laureate of Kentucky come out of one of Morehead’s classes, creating an unbroken poetic genealogy from Naslund to Morehead to whomever? That’s an exciting thought.

Here is an interesting essay in response to Morehead’s poem “My Mother Is a Hand.” The article also includes the poem itself, from her 2003 collection, A Sense of Time Left (which has an introduction by Naslund).

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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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