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A Discussion with Montana’s Poet Laureate


with Lowell Jaeger

author, professor at Flathead Valley Community College

Poetry can be employed in a variety of ways to stimulate thoughtful reflection and discussion. Jaeger is a trained and experienced discussion facilitator. It's all about encouraging people to think and share. It's all about learning from each other and respecting diverse perspectives. These conversations are of proven value to an amazing array of community meetings and organizations. Give it a try; discover what’s possible when people get together, share ideas, listen, think, grow.

Poet William Stafford said of Lowell Jaeger's poems, "He has gone inside the feelings and thoughts that mark our part of the century. He makes me realize how serious and focused—and engaged—poetry can be." Jaeger's poems spring from direct experience with his subject matter—people of all walks of life, especially the people of Montana with whom Lowell has rubbed elbows for the past 30 years. Poet Denise Levertov, who chose Jaeger's poem "Ernesto di Fiori's 'Soldier'" for the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, called Jaeger's poems "vivid and compelling...brave in [the poem's] wide-eyed acceptance of life as it is." Poet Kathleen Spivak praised Jaeger's poems as "Clear, magnificently expressed, Lowell Jaeger's poems are poignant in their honesty." And poet Marvin Bell said of Jaeger's work, "We are indicted by experience, and this is its honest language."