John Linstrom is a writer, doctoral candidate, teacher, Michigander, and occasional Liberty Hyde Bailey impersonator. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is "all-but-dissertation" in the PhD in English and American Literature at New York University. His creative nonfiction book project is titled Havening: Love Letters to a Town and a Dead Man, and he edited a centennial edition of Bailey's ecological manifesto, The Holy Earth, published in 2015 by Counterpoint Press and featuring a new introduction by Wendell Berry. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. He is on Twitter, and he has blogged on Medium. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Commonweal Magazine, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Dunes Review, Narrative Northeast, Broad River Review, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland.

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Two Poems in Latest Issue of Commonweal

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Image: Consolidated Edison power plant in Manhattan (Hope Alexander, EPA)

I am beyond grateful to have two more poems in the forthcoming issue of Commonweal Magazine, one of which is dedicated to the lovely Monique Edwards and both of which are online now!

Read "Annual Thaw" here,

and read "Found in the City," dedicated to Mo, here.

          the water, the worms, the city become
          a room resonant with confusion and us . . . (read poem)