Max Garland


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Mon. Mar. 23rd, 2020

Eau Claire resident and former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin Max Garland responds to the COVID-19 pandemic in verse ...

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2020


Max Garland

Say there came a pandemic; some newsdrunk virus // set its hooks in us. And only the sky for a nurse, // arced and empty and barely even blue ...

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Green Day

Max Garland

The string bean white kid // head-bangs to Green Day // in the cab of the tractor ...

Thu. May. 30th, 2019

If a Man Had a Boat

Max Garland

My father believed if a man had a boat, / given the length of the river, and the brevity / of life, and given the milk route he rose / to run each morning with the moon ...

Fri. Dec. 7th, 2018

Sciurus Carolinesis

Max Garland

It’s hopeless how she loves this life. // The gray squirrel digs a small moon’s // worth of craters in the yard. // Some she fills, some leaves open ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018


Max Garland

I believe in the haloed snow in the streetlight // the weight of the dark lets down, // and the republic of the child’s tongue // where the stars blink and die ...

Mon. Dec. 18th, 2017

Child Christmas

Max Garland

I wanted god in a manger. \ This was Christmas in Kentucky--1960?61? \ There were flurries in the forecast ...

Mon. Oct. 23rd, 2017


Max Garland

Many nights it held us aloft. / We knew each other’s weight as surely / as we knew each other’s lightness ...

Fri. Aug. 26th, 2016


Max Garland

312A has a broken arm though sometimes / it’s her leg. Bed 312B has lost her Kleenex / and given name. The loss leaks out ...

Fri. Jul. 1st, 2016

The Best Things in Life Are the Most Expensive

Max Garland

Grass for instance which shines with the wet light of morning / and lines the bottoms of small baskets and valleys costing / all the way from the center of the sun, photons ...

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015


Max Garland

The sky is so muscular it’s nobody’s business
 / where the sun went or why. Who wants to know?
 / A ripped, gray marbled, low-riding bruiser of a sky. / 
It’s in no mood. Your best bet is to stand

Tue. Feb. 18th, 2014

Wisconsin Road Trip: The State of the Arts

Max Garland, illustrated by Luke Benson

after 10,000 miles on the road, Wisconsin’s literary ambassador reflects on what the arts can do for our economy here in the Chippewa Valley