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July 07, 2009


Great poem. Thank, Mitch.

The duck story makes me cry. I must go to Indiana. I have never been.

Thank you for sharing this poem - Beers is a fantastic poet and a fantastic voice for modern poetry. I had the pleasure of interviewing her not long ago, and invite anyone who may want to read transcripts from our conversation, as well as more of her work, at -


What a terrific evocative poem. Great discovery Mitch. Thanks.

A real eye-opener, Mitch. I hope you'll post more poems by this outstanding talent. Had Shaindel Beers been previously published? We should get this one reprinted.
And re Indiana: don't forget Hoagy Carmichael (Bloomington), Cole Porter (Peru, pronounced Pee-Rue), and wasn't Gil Hodges a Hoosier by birth and upbringing?

Beautiful poem~

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm truly touched.

You can find out more info about my book here:

And this is the link to my virtual book tour, if you would like to read interviews I've done:

Peace, Love, & Poetry,

"Cicadas" is one of my favorite poems by Shaindel Beers, but perhaps I am prejudiced, being her mother! Thanks to all responders who mentioned celebrities from Indiana. Hoosier-born entertainers and sportsmen are Anne Baxter from Michigan City, Chad Everett from South Bend, Red Skelton from Vincennes, David Letterman and Jane Pauley from Indianapolis, Carl Erskine from Anderson, Chris Schenkel from Bippus, Les Paul and Mary Ford from Leiters Ford, Crystal Bernard from Elkhart, and James Dean from Fairmount. Indiana writers include James Whitcomb Riley, Lew Wallace, Gene Stratton Porter, Kurt Vonnegut, and Booth Tarkington.

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