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Bird Courage

by: Will Reger

Out in a Missouri beanfield working alongside the matriarchs of his clan, a 7-year old Will Reger discovered that “itch” rhymed with “bitch,” and mentioned this realization in passing to the ladies, receiving a slap for his trouble.  From that moment forward, he was in awe of poetry.  Such power!  Recently, he has become emeritus Poetry Laureate for Urbana, IL.  His first book, Petroglyphs (2019), is currently available for sale on He often places mournful music on the nan xiao. 


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