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Jeff Roush
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Writer, poet, lawyer, father
Writer, poet, lawyer, father

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The Devil's in the Details: Finding the Descriptive Sweet Spot in Prose
After an April dedicated to poetry , I’ve moved to
business writing and working on a novel as my two primary areas of linguistic focus.   The latter has me thinking more about how to
make descriptions work without stopping the movement of the story.   One o...
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Day 30!: After the End
Poem: After the End The climax arrived last week, days or years after the prologue. The earth has stopped shaking; smoke plumes left the shells of buildings; the dust that hovered for days has settled on the ground. This morning the hero looks out from a po...
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Day 29.5: The Theory of the New Parent
Poem: The Theory of the New Parent The diligent father-to-be studies, Dr. Spock and What to Expect stacked on the nightstand pages folded, spine cracked.   He finds spare work time to sneak to parenting sites, browse expert advice splashed in pink and blue....
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Day 28-ish: Anticipation
Poem: Anticipation It starts with a whisper, a tiny notion that rises and floats on the air, bounces and swirls, finds connections and builds. A million invisible thoughts collect, pull together, take shape and puff out, deepen and darken from the edges in,...
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Day 27-ish: The Solo
Poem: The Solo The expressway exists as chaos; cars and trucks streak past, forward and backward, weave along the asphalt loom red and blue and black, bright and dingy. Smooth hums and angry roars carve into every radio choice, a cacophonous cast of upstage...
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Day 26-ish: The Astonishing Wonder of the Forty-Year-Old Mind
Poem: The Astonishing Wonder of the Forty-Year-Old Mind At fifteen the male mind sharpens, focuses on every word to find tangential sex jokes. After this we broaden (though sex jokes linger, couched in our brain center like the flower’s stigma, surrounded b...
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Day 25-ish: Seeing Clearly
Poem: Seeing Clearly Late night in someone else’s city I slink into the hotel bar, a fifteen-hour work day behind me, smiles that know me too well ahead. Men and women sing here and I know them, know what they will sing and why. I know Joe makes a great mar...
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Day 24-ish: Spring Confrontation
Poem: Spring Confrontation The sun today shines down, shimmers over April afternoon. I walk with my son, talk about the world while he tosses back Minecraft analogies, bright blue eyes looking up from under brown hair two weeks late for a trim. A gang of Ca...
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Day 24-ish: Spring Confrontation
Poem: Spring Confrontation The sun today shines down, soft glow over April afternoon. I walk with my son, talk about the world while he tosses back Minecraft analogies, bright blue eyes looking up from under brown hair two weeks late for a trim. A gang of C...
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Day 23-ish: Three Haiku
Poem(s): Three Haiku On clear, quiet nights pinpoints in a slate black sky universe peeks in Muscles strain today, push forward, move beastly load ‘round the carousel Sunset, here again— color streaks red, orange, purple, yields again to black Commentary: T...
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