STEVEN KUMPF

Poetry

Steven Kumpf studies English at CSU Sacramento at the undergraduate level. A native of suburbia, he spends most of his (nonexistent) free time inventing fake problems to be upset about. He is an excellent multi-tasker, and he also uses this time to pursue his two primary hobbies: video games and guitar. This multi-tasking ability does not apply to any actual work, and is exclusive to imagined angst. Steven plans to attend graduate school in the relatively near future. He hopes to one day become a professor of English.

Poetically, Steven values "strong" imagery and "careful" word choice. He also appreciates writing that is "forceful," and line breaks that are "artfully placed." Conversely, adhering to rhyme schemes and metrical patterns is "hard," and "takes effort." Some argue that free verse is like playing tennis with the net down; Steven would argue that the net was never there in the first place, and that we all imagined it. That said, he can appreciate formalist poetry, but really prefers less restrictive forms. He also dislikes poetry that is long or obtuse for the sake of being long and obtuse. His favorite poets include the likes of e. e. Cummings, Ezra Pound, and Charles Bukowski.

 

"Tangled"

Embrace of heat

and heart and limbs.

Soft words switchways said

which whisperward her ears hear

and so she squeezes

closer.

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