Crow Milk

You might say crows watched over me,
taking turns walking the rails of my crib,
heads bobbing
black throats rippling…

At sunrise they carried me wild purple grapes.
We shared black raspberries on the thorn
in the evening… a mesh of sugar in our voices
wove us loosely into a family


Rick Agran

The year I memorized “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear.

For the last two and a half decades I’ve made my way in the world in a variety of roles: poet and image-maker, college professor, photographer, radio producer, humanist and educator, social justice advocate, multimedia journalist and fine arts reporter.

My books include Pumpkin Shivaree, a picture book for children, and a collection of poems entitled Crow Milk. I co-edited Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets which includes national poets laureate Charles Simic, Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin. My poems are anthologized in the Great Poems American Places, edited by Garrison Keillor, the Poetry Society of NH’s Poets Guide to NH, Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City, and American Poetry: The Next Generation.

I’ve taught artists to write for many years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Heartwood College of Art. I spent three years as Poet in Residence at Plymouth State University. Most recently, I produce and host Bon Mot, a¬†weekly radio program dedicated to poetry, the spoken word, the literary arts and all things word-inspired at WGDR, 91.1 fm, Goddard College Community Radio in Plainfield, Vermont.