John Linstrom is a writer, doctoral candidate, teacher, Michigander, and occasional Liberty Hyde Bailey impersonator. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is "all-but-dissertation" in the PhD in English and American Literature at New York University. His creative nonfiction book project is titled Havening: Love Letters to a Town and a Dead Man, and he edited a centennial edition of Bailey's ecological manifesto, The Holy Earth, published in 2015 by Counterpoint Press and featuring a new introduction by Wendell Berry. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. He is on Twitter, and he has blogged on Medium. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Commonweal Magazine, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Dunes Review, Narrative Northeast, Broad River Review, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland.

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Poem: "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence"


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I'm ecstatic to have my poem "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence" included in the Summer Fiction Issue of Commonweal Magazine.  This is my fourth contribution to Commonweal, and it's a special poem to me for a number of reasons.

     We drink coffee though it tires us,
     we love our partners and in loving
     we forget our work. (read poem)