This is Garth Strange, rubbing my eyes in the morning, a beautiful morning here in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. When I look out the window each morning, I am still surprised to see mountains out the window, they are beautiful and mysterious. Especially at sunset when the mountains to the west of the city become very dark black as the sun sets behind them. I am loving those mountains. I am including at least one recent poem in this blog, maybe more, as I get ready to take the 5 minute walk to the campus of Dzemal Bijedic University. My two companions from the states (the “other” poet and the history prof) are probably already at their offices!!  I took some photos of where we live and work and will post them soon, here is a poem or two:




all things


I never



my heart




the problem.




I am from here, Mostar.

I have two pets,

a cat and a bunny

but I can’t give

them names. If I do

I will get too close

to them, have many

feelings for them. I may

come home some day

and my mom will have

done something with them.

I hide them in my

bedroom. This is one

of the things in my life.

— Garth Strange

About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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