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Book of the Week – My Favorite Thing: a 3-N-1 Anthology by Michael Ketchek, Bob Lucky, and Lucas Stensland

In the Introduction, Stanford M. Forrester writes, “The three poets chosen for this anthology – Michael Ketchek, Bob Lucky, and Lucas Stensland – write without pretension. They expose themselves in their work, and because of this, they create an obstacle-free communication line between the poet and reader. Poetry isn’t always pretty. It has many sides. Through these three poets exploring what’s beneath all the rocks, we, the readers, are invited to put down our own poetic pretensions and laugh a little, but most of all, lift some stones ourselves.”

My Favorite Thing was published by bottle rockets press in 2011. The book was a shortlist nominee for the 2011 Touchstone Awards.

Following are a few selected poems from the book:

sixty-four colors
she crayons the house,
the dog, the sky, red
– Michael Ketchek

snake bite kit
my favorite thing
I’ve never used
– Michael Ketchek

summer night
a smoker’s cough and the clack
of mahjong tiles
– Bob Lucky

roundabout –
I get off
where I got on
– Bob Lucky

too tired
for poetry
something something breeze
– Lucas Stensland

she offers to pay
half the check …
I’m not ready for love
– Lucas Stensland

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by the THF Digital Librarian Kenneth Pearson and are used with permission.

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