Sometimes it helps not to know where we are going. Like when, making a wrong turn in the city, we find the most charming café we’d never seen before. Or when, making the wrong turn on a path, we arrive in a meadow with a newly born fawn.

But how easily do we let ourselves get lost on purpose?

One for the Mind

Books and Recordings by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

throwing the compass
into the tall grass—
the feet giddy with possibility

I tend to be a very practical person. Getting lost usually feels antithetical to efficiency. But when writing poems, it’s the very best thing we can do. One of the promises I make myself every day when I sit down to write is that I will not know the ending. When we already know where we will arrive, as my friend Kathryn Bass says, we create an “emergency exit,” which allows us to eject from the poem before it has taught us whatever it is it has to teach us. And I’ve noticed the more comfortable I get with letting the poem lead me, the more comfortable I am with letting life lead me. There are so many gifts in a poetry practice—how profoundly it changes the way we engage with the world.

I hope to see you in one of my workshops or to speak with you about your writing one on one. And here are poems for you to read.

Let’s play.

Rosemerry’s Newest Collection

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Rigorous Willingness: In this 22-minute radio interview on KDNK, Rosemerry and Lucky Nestler discuss what it means to show up for your writing practice.

Virtual Tour of a Playshop: Blogger Shelley Widhalm chronicled her time with Rosemerry in Loveland, CO, in this informative, inspiring blogpost. 

Peace in a Time of Intolerance: In light of recent difficult news events, Rosemerry wrote this poem, picked up by the Colorado Independent.

Finding the Good News and Sharing It: That’s what they do at, and to that end they picked up Rosemerry’s poem about being open to gratitude.

The Love of Art: Every month, Rattle Poetry hosts the Ekphrastic Challenge, encouraging poets to respond to art. Rosemerry’s poem was editor’s choice for the July image by Samantha Gee, a joy to collaborate with a new artist!

What Do You Call A Group of Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan Independent to launch an interactive poetry map, Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope. Each week we feature a new poet.

A Daily Dose of Poetry:
Read my daily poems on my blog.

PDF of Rosemery's 2017 Schedule here! (for printing and emailing)