Justification for Higher Learning by Robert Wynne

I have decided to do my creative thesis
on craft beer. I foresee a lucrative future

as an educator of young enthusiastic men
with prodigious beards. Writing about drinking

is just like singing about architecture
inspired by dancing – see how all the gables

pirouette gamely toward the street?
Every doorway a pas de deux?

Raise a glass to the inevitably abstract
concept of quality, the popular opinion

that something must be art
if you can’t prove it’s good.

This is how God always manages to appear
in the stigma of a lily, specked with rain

on an afternoon so musical
the clouds have formed a marching band,

trombones stretched across the horizon
like a deep, brassy apology.

Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. A former co-editor of Cider Press Review, he has published 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry, the most recent being “Self-Portrait as Odysseus,” published in 2011 by Tebot Bach Press. He’s won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America. He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife and 2 rambunctious dogs. His online home is http://www.rwynne.com.

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