Four Poems by Toren Wallace

Toren Wallace completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry at California State University. He teaches English composition, literature, and creative writing for Golden West College, Cerritos College, Orange County School of Arts, the literary arts center Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, and the non-profit collective, Bold Ink Writers. He is the current poetry editor for indicia: a journal curating literary arts and the former poetry editor for Riprap 38, for which he proudly interviewed U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the recipient of The Ronald Foote Prize in Creative Writing as well as a two-time recipient of The William T. Shadden Memorial Award in Poetry. His work has appeared in: The Portland Review, West Trade Review, Poetic Diversity (Los Angeles), and American Mustard Magazine, amongst others.

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  1. Arthur Mitchell says:

    After reading many publications over many months featuring writing referred to as poetry, and prose, and if not for each piece designated as such, I often can not distinguish one from the other. However, that’s not for me, the biggest problem, or the growing amount of blank spaces placed words, lines, scattered at will; my problem is the almost total lack of subject cohesion, structure, emotion, insight, heart, soul, music, inspiration, depth, transformation. It’s a race to the bottom to be an exemplar of “Post Modern” poetry, and obscurity the sine qua non of much stuff published today.
    I get the sense that today’s poets get roaring drunk, hit the bong and crank out whatever comes to mind; or like fifteen year old inexperienced minds at work. But no! Not at all! MFA’s are responsible, and spreading like a virus yes! They are the editors, and gate keepers of who is published; they are the teachers in colleges and universities. It’s frightening to think, that the nourished traditions of truly great and powerful, informative, meaningful, lyrical, and narrative poetry is now evidently passe, becoming endangered, and in a couple generations will have disappeared. As for the new prose writing in the many collegiate publications, again the more insipid, empty, juvenile, hormone driven, boring work appears, voila “daring new work” by any number of pathetic excuses for storytellers. Fortunately, we will always have at command, the truly great writers of the past, combined with a small pool of authentic, rising talents, and with luck, they will lead the way out of the current fog.

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