{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Jan D. Hodge

grew up in a letterpress print shop in small town Michigan, and earned a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico, where his dissertion was on Charles Dickens.  He taught for 32 years at colleges in Illinois and Iowa before retiring.

His poems have appeared in North American Review, New Orleans Review, Iambs & Trochees, South Coast Poetry Journal, Western Wind, and elsewhere.

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An Exclamation

Consider the ends of Oriental verse:
lines specific, resonant, and terse.

Beyond the printed page, the fancy fonts,
they frame the thing that every poet wants.

Now add, when doctors speak and you obey,
the alpha and omega of what you say.

When you put these together, you will see
my answer and announce your victory.