Daniel Dietrich will read from his first book of poetry, “Homestead,” at the Blue Heron Coffee House on Tuesday, January 8, at 7 p.m. This reading is part of First Tuesdays, the Laureate Writers Series, and is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by an open mic — open to anyone, veteran or novice. The theme for the open mic will be “borders.”
Dietrich’s stories have received awards from St. Martin’s Press, the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Minnesota Arts Board. He and his wife live in the driftless area of Southeast Minnesota. He is a devotee of Thoreau’s journals, wood heat and yellow labs. His poems have appeared in “Poetry Celebration,” “Applause,” and “Poet-Artist Collaboration.” “Homestead” is his first collection.
“A naturalist of the hidden world of ordinary things, Dietrich knows how to bring it home, how to close. In some endings, the entire poem flashes through the reader as if starting and finishing all at once. Time ceases its linearity. To my mind, this is what the best poetry does. This is a golden collection, all of a piece … powerful and moving,” said novelist P.S. Duffy, author of “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.”