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Canadian Rockies
William Marr



Those unafraid of the cold

please step up



the whole valley fills with pines

standing tall and erect




From Between Heaven and Earth (2010).
Used here with the author’s permission.



William Marr came to America from Taiwan in 1961. After receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD degree in nuclear engineering, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago for 27 years before retiring to devote his full time and energy to his true passions: poetry and art. A former president of the Illinois State Poetry Society, William has published 21 volumes of poetry (Autumn Window and Between Heaven and Earth are in English; the rest are in Chinese), two books of essays, and several books of poetry translations. His poems are included in over one hundred anthologies, ranging from high school and college literary textbooks to special collections, and have been translated into more than ten languages. In recent years, William has also pursued painting and sculpting. Learn more about him here.








Post New Comment:
Your poetry stirs a majestic picture. Thank you for sharing.
Posted 01/16/2014 08:32 AM
Jean D:
I loved this visual little poem. Ditto to all the other comments!!!
Posted 01/14/2014 06:53 PM
Wilda Morris:
Succinct and precise - and poetic!
Posted 01/14/2014 12:19 PM
Tall and erect--we see them. Perfect set-up and perfect follow-through.
Posted 01/14/2014 08:20 AM
Ralph Murre:
Thanks for this reminder, William, of the eloquence of brevity.
Posted 01/14/2014 08:00 AM
I love that image!
Posted 01/14/2014 07:51 AM
vivid and lovely image...invigorating!
Posted 01/14/2014 07:00 AM
So much said in so few words. Beautiful!
Posted 01/14/2014 04:16 AM

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