Robert Nordstrom has published fiction, essays and poetry in numerous state and national literary publications. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee MA program in creative writing, he served as editor for various scholarly and trade magazines, as well as a writing instructor at the university level, for over 30 years.
His poetry has garnered awards from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad Contests and Hal Grutzmacher Literary Contests. His poem “Old Lovers” won the 2014 Hal Prize, and his 2015 collection The Sacred Monotony of Breath received an Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.
A longtime resident of Wisconsin, he and his wife Linda moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2018 to be closer to children and grandchildren. He is a member of the Oregon Poetry Association.
Honorable Mention, 2015 Edna Meudt Poetry Book, Council for Wisconsin Writers
The Space Between
The hawk understands
in its ascending arc
the weight of the earth
and the attachments she defends
but the sky presents other problems
shifting currents…directionless expanses
like the space between your breasts
or the dreamy glaze of your eyes
as we ride these currents upward
tethered to the occasional posture of desire
to rise but not arrive
to fall but never land
the restless soul reaches for
release that will not come
and so we turn
a slight turn…barely perceptible
and are embraced by
the sacred monotony of breath itself
(From The Sacred Monotony of Breath)