he

knew
his poems
weren’t going to change anything

or
move anyone,

but
he kept on writing,

even when
the bills came due,

his
friends gave up

and the
dust on the table
was thick enough for him
to lick his finger and write his name.

John Yamrus

In a career spanning more than 50 years as a working writer, John Yamrus has published 28 volumes of poetry, 2 novels, 3 volumes of non-fiction and a children’s book. He has also had more than 2,500 poems published in magazines and anthologies around the world. Selections of his work have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali. His poetry is taught in numerous colleges and universities. His website is: http://www.johnyamrus.com

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