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Duane L. Herrmann

Duane L. Herrmann is a survivor who lived to tell, does not lie and loves the pure light of the moon - and trees. He creates from his knowledge and experience. His full-length collections of poetry are: Ichnographical:173 and Prairies of Possibilities. He has several chapbooks including A Mixt Life, forthcoming. Individual work is published in Midwest Quarterly, Little Balkans review, Flint Hills Quarterly, Orison, Inscape and others in print and online. He has been the recipient of a Robert Hayden Poetry Fellowship: 1989  and the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award: 2007.

Herrmann's microchap & selected poem(s) are available below. 

Origami Microchap

Selected Poem(s)

In Praise of Prairies

Cover: Tall Grass Prairie
by Lauri Burke
Every Origami Microchap
may be printed, for free,
from this website.


Tree of the plains:   
    tall, enormous,   
where there is water –   
Glittering leaves    
    tickle the eye   
flickering light   
    and rustling breeze.
Deeply variegated bark   
    speaks its age   
and the shade   
    most welcome –
on hot, wide   
    tree-starved plains.
Horse pulling wagon,   
    and family,
aim for the tree:   
    cool shade – and rest!

Duane L. Herrmann © 2017