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“My Beloved is Mine,” by Heid E. Erdrich

November 9, 2010

Today’s poem bred and brought forth young, as quick and brown-eyed as lemurs.

“My Beloved is Mine” is in Erdrich’s book, National Monuments (Michigan State U Press, 2008).

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  1. November 9, 2010 12:38 pm

    Out ego-surfing and found this. LOVE the way you read the poem. Who are you?

  2. November 9, 2010 1:54 pm

    Thanks for finding your way here, Heid, and thanks for the kind word about the reading!

    My name is Karsten Piper, and I write poems and teach composition, lit, and creative writing at Minnesota West Community & Tech College in Worthington, MN. I really like reading aloud, especially poems–it’s like coffee for me, makes me a little sharper in the head and softer in the heart as well as a little easier to be around. At least one of my classes is online every term, and the blog has turned out to be a great way to archive the recordings I make for distant students as well as offer something to other reader-listeners as well.

    The poems are a mix of my own lasting favorites, poems that have a place in one class or other, and hits from whatever I’m reading at the time. Almost all of them are recent poems by living authors. Why? Partly because I get weary of hearing that there’s no good poetry these days, or that it’s all confusing, or that there’s no music in it, or whatever. And partly because that’s who I am, you know, a living poet who writes recent poems. So this is me offering a little evidence to the contrary (Hey, that’s a good poem!) and doing unto others as I’d have them unto me (Hey, you read that like you care!).

    Over the last couple of days, I’ve made my way through most of your book, and this one was one of my favorites. Thank you for it!


  3. November 10, 2010 3:02 pm

    Karsten- I agree with Heid. “LOVE the way you read the poem” and the way you have read poems here on this blog “like you care”! Thanks again and some more!


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