POET. PHILOSOPHER. PROFESSOR. PSYCHOTHERAPIST. And, oh, yeah, Montana farm-boy! All these hats hang on Gary Whited’s hat rack. Gary’s poems have appeared in SALAMANDER, PLAINSONGS, THE AUROREAN, ATLANTA REVIEW, and COMSTOCK REVIEW. His collection, HAVING LISTENED, won the 2013 Homebound Poetry Prize and a silver medal in the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
What gives this love-song to the prairies of Eastern Montana its heft and depth is not only the poet’s deep affection for ‘rattlesnake skins fluttering in the wind’ and ‘the perfection of still water’ just below the muzzle of his father’s white horse, but the way this love occurs amidst the disturbing sorrows and unspoken loneliness of these families in their struggles with themselves as well as the land….
HAVING LISTENED has recently been translated into Russian—which is appropriate, as Gary will be teaching in St. Petersburg this spring! But wherever he goes—from Montana, to Massachusetts, to the far reaches of Russia—Gary always carries the prairie inside him.