Richard Fenton Sederstrom lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico and the North Woods of Minnesota, two environments of striking physical, cultural, and spiritual contrast. He spent his formative and fairly innocent years, to the age of ten, on a haunting street by the Mississippi River in Minnesota. His family moved to pre-suburbian Arizona in 1954, where the Sonoran Desert began to make her thorny tricks and her precarious love manifest to his pubescent soul, pretty much the same one he enjoys and endures today. Insofar as a poet should dare to be educated, he was schooled at Arizona State University and Breadloaf at Middlebury College. He has taught middle school, high school, college, and occasional graduate classes, but he strongly prefers to teach at the high school level, where "the young people are observant and inquisitive enough to begin to be interesting, but not too old to be molded into a love for poetry, art, philosophy and other routes to corruption." Now, fortunate to have retired from all respectable pursuits, especially teaching, he returns to the classroom as a visitor, where “instead of teaching out of pedagogy, I teach out of confusion, and into it, the way teaching should be done, the way poetry should be done, the way life should be lived.” His unconsionably delayed first book, Fall Pictures on an Abandoned Road, was released in 2009. Disordinary Light came out in 2010, and a new book, Folly, A Book of Last Summers appeared this past June. His poetry has appeared in Avocet, The Talking Stick, English Journal, Plainsongs, Big Muddy, Mother Earth Journal, The Blue Guitar, Memoir (and), and Ruminate among other journals and magazines.
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