Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

As many universities throughout the country revel in homecoming merriment this weekend, you can vicariously share the thrill that so many alumni and current classes are feeling today. In Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest, you will share the magical feeling of college 100 times over as you experience 100 universities of the Midwest in an interactive volume of poetry that evokes that special feeling of college pride…with each and every poem.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

Do you want to learn about all the major universities of the Midwest region in a non-boring, creative fashion all within a few days’ time? Have you ever wanted to know what makes each university unique? Now you can find in this memorable collection that re-introduces the world to the greatness of these universities in this introduction to the Alma Mater series.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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Alma Mater Vol. 1 The Midwest: Available Now!

Do you want to learn about all the major universities of the Midwest region in a non-boring, creative fashion all within a few days’ time? Have you ever wanted to know what makes each university unique? Now you can find in this memorable collection that re-introduces the world to the greatness of these universities, while introducing the series of Alma Mater.

Alma Mater Vol. 1: The Midwest is a collection of poetry that celebrates the major universities of the Midwest region. It is a project that Kirkus Reviews calls an “Engaging Poetic Tour of the Midwest” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” And it is available now on Kindle for only 99 cents.

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University of Iowa Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)

*Iowa Hawkeyes*

When history’s pages sit still—we will write first.
We don’t accept inequality—we right the curse.
This is an equal-opportunity space
Where biases erase and creativity may race.
On Ye Hawkeyes to the Pedestrian Mall!
Where the only thing pedestrian is the walks of us all!
Iowa took the first step to give equal ground
To men and women with options abound.
This sweet land homes the imagination,
Birthing masters of fine arts in our dissertation,
Stating that creativity and genius are kin,
In terms of Big Ten—It’s Iowa for the win.

I-City parties and fights the hardest,
My city is my guide, this spirit—my harvest.
Deep it flows like the Iowa River,
We’re owners of this fire and also the givers.
Black and Gold pride burns inside,
Opponents enter Kinnick and abruptly hide,
They rattle to the rattle of the Hawkeye fleet,
We clap our hands & stomp our feet.
Iowa fights until the game is won,
Then toasts Brass Monkey with shots of rum.
In wrestling we work holds because they can’t hang,
No dynasty can match the Gable’s Gang.

Winning is our history, we should know:
We wrote it.
We win fighting inaction—
Inclusion was voted.
To ensure every student at large has a say,
Hawkeyes are straight, black, white, and gay.
In asking answers from winners of equity,
The initiative to act will hoist a disparity,
Sometimes the high stick to their class and do not act,
So they sit still and class participation slacks.
While the world is waiting to take command,
Like Triumphant Hawkeyes—
We will raise our hand.

Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved

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The Deepest Apology

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World
Available Now (Link Below)

*The Deepest Apology*

I know what you’re going through.
I know how you feel.
I Would be there for you—
I too feel what you don’t feel.
I too yearn to be touched—
Understood.
Loved.
Yes I do know how you feel —
You’re not the Only 1.

I feel your S .O .S .—
But I can’t be the one to
Save You…
I can’t see it,
Find You,
Touch You…
But I can empathize with you.
We are Companions and
Don’t Even Know It—
Just because we don’t Know Each Other.

We still share an Empty Room,
That makes us mates in Bloom.

I know you’re somewhere out there…
And if you are reading these words:
This apology was meant for you,
Though I’m sure they’ll go unheard.

Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved
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The Other 1s

From Art of Mind: Philosopoems to the World
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*The Other 1s*

Don’t look at me like I’m a freak
With a damaged chromosome,
Yes I am alone,
But I am not alone.

Next time you assume I’m a Breed
of
A Kind that’s just begun…
Remember these words I tell you:
I’m not the Only 1.

Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved
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Indiana University Poem

From Alma Mater: Vol. 1: The Midwest
Available Now for 99 cents! (Link Below)

*IU*

It’s game night in B-Town at Assembly Hall.
Everyone has their ticket,
It’s Hoosier Basketball.
No Stripes, No Glory,
17,472 strong…
21 Big Ten Championships,
Five National Banners
brought along:

1940
1953
1981
1987

The Blessed Hoosiers of ’76.

Fans from all over town stand under
The Banners of McCracken and Knight,
Some came from Indiana trails,
Others from an on-campus site.
From the Rose Well House
deep in the Dunn Woods,
The breathtaking arboretum—
With arbutuses in their books.
They stream like the Jordan River
into the raging storm of red,
They pound the Indy Limestone—
To have their Hoosiers led
by the most passionate fans in college hoops,
Indiana Basketball is in our roots.

The Hall is sold out and our voices lift,
It’s almost time for tip-off,
And when the Crimson and Cream take the court,
It’s time to blow the lid off.
They warm up in their candy-striped pants,
Then Martha cleans the floor,
Our Indiana, we’re all for you,
Now let’s finish mopping the floor.
This is our culture, We are the Hoosiers,
The opponents are just the Losers in Blue,
Over in Row 8, well, those are the Boozers,
but they’re part of our culture, too.
So are the brains from the SPEA,
And performers from the Jacobs School of Music,
Also, the informed Business Majors
are here in attendance to support The Movement.
Even fellow athletes like our champion hurlers,
And alum Will Bruin from our prestigious soccer team,
Have come through Sample Gates
to show support for Indy’s team.
And shoutout to the racers of the Little 500—
The Beta Theta Pi is in the house!
We’re all still recovering from Little 5 weekend,
Drank enough Hairy Bears to fill a frat house.
Eight months later and those times we still miss,
But if they didn’t end—we’d miss nights like this.

It’s the second half and we have the lead,
Now it’s the World’s Greatest Timeout:
Cheerleaders and William Tell Overture,
Dickie V is about to fall out.
He’s in the Basketball Nation, Baby!
And this excitement is too much to take,
Break’s over, let’s get back to work:
We’ve got many more baskets to make.

“Zeller the rebound! Hulls is open!”
#SWISH!

“Zeller…Watford sees a lane!”
#Tothebucket

“They wanna give Watford a little one-on-one…”
#Crossoverlayin
“That’s a big-time move!”

Down 72-70
5.6 seconds left…

“No timeouts for Indiana….Jones….”

“WATFORD FOR THE WIN………”

Every Hoosier in Assembly Hall, the street, and the campus,
Even students watching from Kirkwood & Indiana…
Could feel the foundations shake as Hoosiers charged the court….
17,472 strong.

And throughout Indiana and Sports Nation,
All the way to Kentucky,
You couldn’t help but
feel
The Movement.

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