Selected Poetry Reading from Things to Hope For
John Miatech, Poet and Author of Things to Hope For
Original Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Things to Hope For is a collection of the author's strongest poems from 1969 to the present. It was put together in the spring of 2009, while he was recovering from radiation treatments for cancer. As a person who spends a great deal of time with nature, the author finds his work heavily influenced by William Stafford, Basho and Issa, fellow writers who also had a strong appreciation for nature and Her secrets. With cover art also created by the author, this book is journal of the author's passage through forty-two years of life.

John Miatech began writing poetry in high school in 1969, inspired by the poetry of Robert Bly and his friend and teacher Sally Ryan. He corresponded with Bly for years, attended a week-long poetry workshop in 1974 where he was exposed to the work of a wide variety of poets, and later became acquainted with William Stafford, who provided much encouragement for his writing over the years. He lives in Forestville.

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