W.D. Ehrhart

W.D. Ehrhart: How Poems Are Created

        For Indran Amirthanyagam

A fellow poet was planning a dinner
before my reading, and he asked me
if I had any food restrictions.
“I’m not too keen on Brussels sprouts
or eggplant,” I replied.  He said,
“Now that is a poem, my friend.”
It wasn’t.  But it is now.


W. D. Ehrhart's newest books are Thank You for Your Service: Collected Poems and a revised edition of Passing Time: Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran Against the War, both from McFarland.