“Intimate, honest, fresh and funny, with a touch of rue–these are the words of critics praising Robert King’s latest collection of poems Some of These Days. The Greeley poet’s latest collection has depth, but is delightfully approachable… In ‘At Fifteen,’ a recounted heartbreak is remembered for its youthful wallowing in the deliciousness of so much emotion.”
—Fort Collins Magazine, Winter 2014
“Bob King writes refreshingly intimate poems that brim with honesty, humor and rue.”
—Wendy Videlock, author of Nevertheless
“Intelligence and whimsy are seldom wedded as delightfully as they are in the poems of Robert King. Out of a lifetime of stories, wide reading and bemused, sometimes jaded, observation, King has fashioned a persona you will want to hang out with. Pull up a chair and stay a while with this wonderful book.”
—David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate
“Robert King’s poems ruminate and celebrate, embrace and release, laying moments of insight and feeling on our open palms like fragrant pine needles. The poet leads us from what he calls “first days” (a childhood in Omaha during WWII and then Colorado) to “last days” (wrestlings with mortality) to “these days” in the eternal Now of the natural world. King moves with ease from humor to heartbreak, often in a single poem, and his language is always fresh and clear. He has the gifts necessary to fulfill Frost’s dictum that a poem “begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” and readers will take great pleasure in making that journey with him.”
—Joe Hutchison, author of Thread of the Real
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Robert Wendell King was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1955. He received his B. A. in English in 1959 from the State University of Iowa and returned to Colorado, getting his M. A. in American Literature from Colorado State University in 1961. He received his Ph. D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1965.
After three years of teaching at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, he began his career at the University of North Dakota in 1968 where he had a joint appointment teaching creative writing in the Department of English and in Elementary Education. In 1971, he was named Outstanding Professor. From 1975-1979 he also worked in the North Dakota Poet in the Schools Program. He retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of North Dakota in 1996, having received the UND Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Creative Activity, and Service. He has since lectured at the University of Nebraska and the University of Northern Colorado.
He has three children—Lisa, Lynn, and Lawrence, all living in North Dakota—and he currently lives in Greeley, Colorado, where he writes and directs the Colorado Poets Center.
“He is the editor of the Colorado Poets Center quarterly newsletter, The Colorado Poet. He is also the editor for the Poudre Learning Center’s newsletter, The Poudre River Current, and the monthly newsletter for the Upper Poudre Canyon Association, The Riverbank Reporter.”
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