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Jim Croteau lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his partner of 31 years, Darryl, and their two Labrador retrievers. He grew up gay and Catholic and white in the southern United States in the 1960’s and 70’s and has spent his adult life in small non-coastal cities, mostly in the Midwest. He loved his mother very much. He began writing poetry in May 2012 at first to cope with life in times of aging and then, well, he sorta caught the poetry bug. He is still working as a professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two poems with a political slant published in New Verse News

New Verse News is a great blog/journal that is poetry responding to current news in the world from a progressive point of view.  It is a pretty amazing publication and I suggest everyone put it on their regular news feeds.

So I was thrilled when they published two of my poems recently. First, as I was listening to the coverage of the Supreme Court hearing on DOMA and California proposition, this poem just came out of me. It is called Holy Week 2013:

Holy Week 2013 published in New Verse News

Then in late July--the beginning of the coverage of the Pope's improving attitude (if not policies) toward LGBT folks--I am really glad to see to see the change in attitude, but I also believe what I wrote for New Verse News in July:

Who Am I To Judge published in New Verse News