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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.

Thank You to The Baltimore Review!

The Baltimore Review has accepted our poem “What I Watched on My Summer Vacation.” Thank you very much to everyone at The Baltimore Review, especially senior and founding editor Barbara Westwood Diehl. We look forward to appearing in your pages.

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Blurb – Michael Miller

In the opening poem of this sprawling collection, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott pose a beguiling question: What if poets had discovered America? The ensuing pages provide an answer of sorts, as the authors go on a freewheeling trek … Continue reading

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Thank You to Swink!

Swink, now an online journal, has accepted our poem “Repairman.” Thank you very much to everyone at Swink, especially poetry editors Timothy Liu and Willa Carroll. We look forward to appearing in your pages.

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POETS’ GUIDE TO AMERICA Now Available for Pre-Order!

Fantastic news! After months of waiting, writing, editing, and revising by John F. Buckley, Martin Ott and editor Joe Pan Millar, Poets’ Guide to America is now available to pre-order on Amazon.com! We’d love it if you could help us … Continue reading

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Thank you, John Gibbs and Switchback!

Associate Poetry Editor of Switchback, John Gibbs, has provided us with a splendidly thoughtful and gracious review. We’re honored to receive such attention.

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Our First Official Review!

We’ve received blurbs from a number of litterateurs, but this is our first unsolicited review: Joanne Mallari has evaluated Poets’ Guide to America for the website Bookin’ with Sunny. She seems to like it, which is great. Thank you, Ms. … Continue reading

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Thank you and thank you

Thank you, Breakwater Review, for accepting our poem “Skycast,” about fighting for control of the television on Mount Olympus. And thank you, Dos Passos Review, for accepting “TV Dinner Theater,” about the unnoticed family dramas echoing the action on the … Continue reading

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