Accomplished Poets

Robert Dana — Iowa’s former poet laureate, whose
collection of poems Starting Out for the Difficult World was on
the short list for a 1988 Pulitzer Prize — tends to draw
inspiration from his experiences as an orphan and a veteran of World
War II. His poems are full of images of dread and solitude, of walking
never-ending paths in search of why. His most recent book of
poetry, published in 2004, is called The Morning of the Red
Admirals
. Don Caswell, the former director of Anhinga Press,
initiated the Anhinga Prize for Poetry in 1983. His poetry has been
collected in five books, including Three Legged Dog, in which
lyric poetry mingles with a country sensibility. His work has also
appeared in such literary journals as Poetry and New
Letters
. Dana and Caswell read their poetry today at the Writers
Place (3607 Pennsylvania, 816-753-1090) at 3:30 p.m.

Sun., May 31, 3:30 p.m., 2009