“Love Poems” by Tom Montag

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The Poet

Tom Montag is a middlewestern poet and essayist interested in the relationship between people and place. His poetry includes In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, The Big Book of Ben Zen, and Middle Ground. His prose includes Curlew: Home, a memoir of growing up on an Iowa farm, and The Idea of the Local, essays exploring the relationship of people and place. Montag serves as managing editor of the Niedecker Monograph Series, What Region?. He has been editor and publisher of a variety of small presses. He and his wife created The Wisconsin Poets Calendar in 1982. He was named a Founding Contributing Editor of The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses in 1976. His work is anthologized in The Long Journey Home: The Literature of Wisconsin through Four Centuries, edited by Jim Stephens. He has been married to Mary, his partner in everything, since 1969.

The Poem

Love Poems

The old barn
loves its aching


The mourning
dove loves

the O
in sorrow.


Rust loves
iron, the rain,
the air.


Old pine loves
all that stands

and stays and
won’t give up.


What the oaks love
they won’t tell us.


The mouse
loves that

the hawk is



Wind loves
the wounded earth

the trembling


The fields
love the



the faltering


At night
the rippling

water loves
many moons.


The Design

Poem letterpress printed by hand on 100lb archival card stock measuring 19.75″ x 2.5″ with 2 folds & packaged in an individual sleeve. Numbered edition of 50 copies.

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