This Way to the Acorns: Poems (The 10th Anniversary Edition)

As a boy growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Raymond Luczak delighted in the abandoned woods and fields known as “across the street.” He remembers encountering unexpected guests of the woods: a scraggly fox, a starving doe, an industrious chipmunk all enveloped against the backdrop of nature. This Way to the Acorns is a flinty-eyed ode to that overpowering sense of childhood wonder. More

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About Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 19 books, including QDA: A QUEER DISABILITY ANTHOLOGY (Squares & Rebels, 2015), HOW TO KILL POETRY (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and AMONG THE LEAVES: QUEER MALE POETS ON THE MIDWESTERN EXPERIENCE (Squares & Rebels, 2012). His latest book is THE KINDA FELLA I AM: STORIES (Reclamation Press, 2018). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


In this poem taken from THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS (Handtype Press), Raymond Luczak recalls how seeing fireflies had fascinated him and other children in mid-August. The song "Sunset Strikes" is by John Stutte. This tenth anniversary edition has a brand-new afterword.

THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS: "The Caterpillar Queen"
Andrew J. Oehrlein performs the poem "The Caterpillar Queen" from Raymond Luczak's book THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS. Arthur Durkee wrote the music for this poem

THIS WAY TO THE ACORNS: "One Indian Summer"
In this short clip the poet Raymond Luczak recalls how, as a boy growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he was fascinated by the mystery and the magic of clouds. The composer John Stutte provides what he calls "a lazy day blues theme interrupted by a moment of awesome orchestral rapture."

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