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May 1, 2018

Peter Halstead, who founded Tippet Rise with his wife, Cathy, is not only a great visionary, but also an accomplished and prolific poet. This summer, Peter will give a reading at the Art House Cinema in Billings, Montana. Located in the heart of the city’s historic district, about an hour’s drive from Tippet Rise, the Art House is an independent cinema founded on the principal that “great art stirs great conversations.” Peter’s reading is the finale in a series of readings at the Art House sponsored by The Writer’s Voice, another wonderful local organization, which has provided opportunities for engagement between writers and readers since 1991. The event will take place from 5:30-7:30PM on Tuesday, July 17. We hope to see you there! In the meantime, here’s a poem from Peter and a link to The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, which is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about classical literature and offers extraordinary verse, including work by Peter and others, to that end.


As soon as I’m organized,
New winds whip my world away.
Maybe it’s something I’ve said.
No, this is what I meant to say.
Storms grab my boughs and,
On the ground, shred them.
I keep smoothing out folds,
The season tied up and bound,
But none of it holds.
Page after page the ages run,
And I die before I sing.
Loose as any leaf,
Stripped of everything I’ve done,
And edited beyond belief, I
Only add another ring,
And turn again to sun.