Virginia Walkabout: Poems, by Bill Glose

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Roadside Vegetables published in Stonecoast Review

Inspecting the Fields published in Richmond Magazine

May Day published in Red River Review


Local Poet Inspired by Long Walk Around Virginia, by Mike Holtzclaw, The Daily Press

Poets Alphin, Glose see Virginia through different eyes, by Jackie Mohan, The Virginian-Pilot

"Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and combat platoon leader. After serving in the Army, he worked in paper factories in Chicago and Massachusetts before returning to Virginia. Wanting to reconnect with his home state, he walked 1,500 miles through every region of Virginia and wrote about his experiences in essays for magazines and poems for literary journals."
Publisher's note from San Francisco Bay Press

“Before you open Bill's book grab your walking stick. You are going on a journey of centuries as much as miles. His poems sing of Virginia and her memories, some are treasures of past and pride, some are reluctant resurrections of embarrassments. All instruct with the clarity of spring water and leave you mellow in mind like a fine wine.”
Ken Sutton
author of Manhattan to Machipongo.

“In his remarkable new collection Virginia Walkabout, Bill Glose takes us on a lively tour of his home state, chronicling it from an astonishing variety of vantage points. He roots these engaging and clear-voiced poems in the precise, tender observation of ordinary lives, and in the particulars of landscape—this remains so even when the subject turns historical or autobiographical; so that while, individually, they read like charming miniatures, they enlarge, collectively, into a broad and striking mosaic. It's a lovely work, generous in its range, in its attention to detail, and in its spirit.”
Derek Kannemeyer
author of An Alphabestiary

“Virginia is in good hands as Glose’s well-honed expertise with language and lyricism takes the reader on a journey across the state. While some poems ruminate on nature more generally, his poems are strongest when he describes the quirks and histories of specific locations, from Tangier Island to the James River to Norfolk, such as how Norfolk got its mermaids. His poems also tell the stories of the people he encountered along his way, from notable figures of times long gone, such as Capt. John Smith, to the lives of Virginians today.”
Jackie Mohan
correspondent, The Virginian-Pilot.

“Bill Glose has a special strength in giving readers unexpected gifts such as breathtaking scenery written with reverence and celebration. He gives us the joy of feeling small in a big world. Many of Bill's poems sing with adventure. Then there are those that whisper and allow the reader to linger in their beauty. We follow the author on a Virginia Walkabout, happy to be wherever he leads us.”
Ann Falcone Shalaski
author of World Made of Glass and Without Pretense

“What you did with your walking adventure was wonderful; but what you did with your poetry was magic!”
Alison Schoew

Listen to Bill read "At the Marine Corps Museum"