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In Celebration of Kansas

So Kansas is the home of Courage the Cowardly Dog and The Wizard of Oz, but this doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of nice things about Kansas as well.

1. In the two hours it would take to cross L.A. you can drive from Lawrence to Manhattan and still have half of an hour to shop before your dinner reservation. And you won't have to breathe exhaust to do so.

2. The towns are small and usually friendly. If it takes you more than 15 minutes to get across town, you must be pushing your pick-up truck.

3. We have nice places to eat here too: Manhattan's 4Olives has been featured in Wine Spectator. Harry's Up-Town has wonderful Trout.

4. Wild animals exist here outside of zoos. I've seen Bald Eagles in the wild more than once since we've been here. And red fox, coyote pups learning to pounce, wild turkeys flying across the road, geese, teal, pelicans, herons, and more.

5. You can wear blue jeans to dinner if you want. Or dress up to attend internationally acclaimed groups at the McCain's Performance Center. Or attend poetry readings at KU, Rita Dove visited last year; Ted Kooser visited KSU this school year. B.H. Fairchild was here the year before last. And you will likely be able to find a seat and actually hear the poet speak.


Joshua Robbins said...

Thanks for welcoming me to Kansas and for visiting Against Oblivion. I haven't made it to Manhattan yet but would like to soon, especially if there is a reading of interest at the campus. I attended the Kooser reading at KU and was quite impressed with the opportunity to hear the Poet Laureate in such an intimate setting. And thanks as well for putting me on your link list. I have another blog, though its really more of a poetry column at lawrence.com called "Tallow & Glue." Let me know what you think. I just posted a B.H. Fairchild poem up there. Here's a link:


Amy Unsworth said...

You're certainly welcome! I'm happy to see there are other poet-bloggers in Kansas!

I know a few of your department-members are going to be in town this summer for the RNLA conference in July & there will be a reading as part of the conference. We also have a few visiting poets reading in April I believe, but I don't have the info in front of me.

I like "Tallow & Glue" and the artwork for it is quite striking. It's nice to see you getting poetry out and about!