Welcome to the web page for poetry
by Alan L. Basting
The majority of this web site is dedicated to preserving poems from previously published volumes. These volumes include: Singing from the Abdomen,1976, Stone Marrow Press; What the Barns Breathe,1982, Window Press; Suddenly, Herons,1985, Toledo Writers Cooperative; and Deep Time, Daily Habits and Events,1987, Toledo Arts Commission. Nothing Very Sudden Happens Here, 2013, published by Lynx House Press, Spokane, WA; Home and Away, 2019, published by Finishing Line Press in Lexington, KY; Apples & Crows, 2023, published by Kelsay Books in Provo,Utah; and White Fence: An Ekphrasic Collaboration, 2024, from Window Press, Chapel Hill, NC. Information for ordering available volumes can be found under the website tabs for each of the books.
For the first time reader or visitor to this site, here is a very broad generalization: these poems have been designed to create an experience in the reader. The poet, Franz Wright, has said: "poem should always be completely clear, completely concrete and completely inexplicable, like reality itself; poem's purpose is to transcend words--to transcend mere words by pointing to reality, encountering and contributing to reality, and finally joining it." I like what Wright says, and one challenge for me as a writer has been to create as complete an experience in the reader in as few words as possible. What is suggested in these poems is as important as what is said, and the rhythm of the language figures in the creation of each line.