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A Rumor of Coyotes – web home of author Cheryl Unruh

Gin & Tonic

GIN & TONIC   The holy man is an equation: reverence plus self-control equals what? purity? heaven? It equals something, surely.   As he sits on the barstool to my right, I happen to be on an inhalation - His robe smells like celery. And a bit like my...

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A Journey of No Distance

A Journey of No Distance

A JOURNEY OF NO DISTANCE   A vacuum of chatter A detachment of friends A tavern of echoes A grocery store of disappointment   A temperature of fate A fever of connection Streets of abandon A round globe of loneliness   A pneumonia of worry A panic of...

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Dawn Chorus

Dawn Chorus

Dawn Chorus I was surprised to hear them: birds.  It was February still. Late February. But in the darkness before sunrise, birds sang me awake. How could I have forgotten about morning birds?   After a long winter with maybe a dozen smallish winter storms, and months...

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Author Michael Graves

Author Michael Graves

Michael D. Graves has written three books, all published by Meadowlark Books of Emporia, Kansas: Green Bike (with co-authors Kevin Rabas and Tracy Million Simmons) was published in 2014, To Leave a Shadow in 2015 (a 2016 Kansas Notable Book),...

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Author Roy Beckemeyer

Author Roy Beckemeyer

Roy Beckemeyer is one of those people who makes you feel comfortable in his presence. He's a poet, a retired aerospace engineer, a man who loves the arts. He wields an incredible vocabulary. He's a kind human being, a gentleman. He's been Poet of the Year...

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Author Grant Overstake

Author Grant Overstake

Wichita. 1968. Gasoline is no longer allowed to be pumped into glass containers because of a rash of firebombs. A troubled 13-year-old boy is growing up in a racist white home. A black family moves next door. Fellow writer Tracy Million Simmons recommended...

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Author Ronda Miller

Author Ronda Miller

RONDA MILLER was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, adopted by her grandparents, and raised on their farm in Northwest Kansas west of St. Francis near the Arikaree Breaks. She lives in Lawrence and has a son, Scott, and a daughter, Apollonia. She is a recent...

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Author Jim Potter

Author Jim Potter

Hello, writing and reading friends - I thought it would be fun to interview someone totally unfamiliar to me, so I picked Jim Potter who lives near Hutchinson. To get to know Jim a bit, I read his debut novel, Taking Back the Bullet. Jim Potter had a long career at a...

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Author Hazel Hart

Author Hazel Hart

Hazel Hart is a novelist. She writes both historical and present-day fiction. Because she understands human nature, she creates characters a reader can believe in. One thing I love about Hazel is her dedication to writing. She’s at her desk every morning...

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Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Welcome, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg to Written in Kansas! It’s quite an honor to have you join us - I’ve been a fan of your work for many years. You’ve written at least a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. You’ve put together anthologies. You were the Kansas Poet...

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The landscape is one hill folding into another, bodies of hills lying together. There are few trees for shade. We make our own shadows here, unless a cloud runs interference with the sun.

As a hawk glides overhead, we feel the rhythms of land and sky. And somewhere out here, we step into that space between questions and answers, a place where we are satisfied with the unknown.

After darkness comes, the wind settles down, and the Milky Way flings itself across the sky. A rumor of coyotes hangs in the night air.

When the world closes up shop, when the sky turns from blue to black for the very last time, when the last poem is written and read, this is where I want to be – out in my beloved Flint Hills.

– excerpt from “At Home in the Flint Hills,” Waiting on the Sky by Cheryl Unruh  ©2013