Invocation to The Muse

In the 50+ years of reading and writing poetry, this is the most moving invocation to the muse I have found:



The muse seems to be

on vacation and I was

going to write a poem

about my car-wreck of

a life, of the sadness

and beauty I’ve known,

like hearing the very

first cries of my

daughter and drinking

with my father on his

44th birthday and his

dying just hours after

we had parted or

over-coming an addiction

or when my life-long

woman and I first

awoke as friends and

lovers: but the muse

seems to be on vacation,

I’ll dig in, sing songs,

dance, drink, smoke, pray,

hope, whatever it takes

to lure her back from

having a good time



UnCollected Press has published John D. Robinson’s full-length book of poetry, “Hang In There”, this year.  It is likely to leave you trembling, deeply moved and paralyzed, angry but softened.  The range of responses is very broad.  The poems are open and uncompromising, red with brutal reality and red with compassion.  Click below to purchase.

We are also announcing our intention to publish John’s second full length book of poetry in January 2020.

Red Dance, by John D. Robinson (January 2020)


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