Spey Rod, 8/29/2010
Contact Information: After 20 years of teaching college-level composition, Spey Rod uses the few brain cells he has left trying to trick big steelhead on Oregon’s Sandy River. You’ll have to find him on the river, but if you ask him if he wrote this poem, he will deny it.
At the large California community college
honest writing teachers before me
were like horses killed in war.
One had quadruple bypass,
another suffered internal bleeding,
and a third, a nervous breakdown.
Only fear and the IRS stopped me
from resigning my tenured position
and moving back to Oregon.
One night, driving under stars
from Hood River to Portland
was like sailing through Orion’s Belt.