Meet the Poet – January 2023: Ken Gierke

Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community. What a great way to get to know more about our poets and their work.

Many of our poets are also authors, teachers, chefs, accountants, and some are artists crafting their magic through watercolors or other artistic means. There are even a few musicians in our poetic community. We are a creative bunch!

At least once a month, I’ll be introducing you to the poets in our community! Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and meet the poet!

Our guest this month is Ken Gierke.

Transplanted from Western New York, Ken Gierke has lived in Missouri since 2012. His love for nature, fostered by the Niagara River, continues in Missouri and is often featured in his poetry.

His writing has appeared as a micro-chapbook from Origami PoemsProject, as well as in several print anthologies, including three from Vita Brevis Press and those edited by Colleen Chesebro, d. ellis phelps, and Susi Bocks. 

His poetry has been published or is forthcoming both in print and online in such places as MasticadoresUSA, Ekphrastic Review, Amethyst Review, Silver Birch Press, and The Gasconade Review. 

Glass Awash, his poetry collection published by Spartan Press, is available at Amazon.

Ken’s poetry can be found on his website:

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for this interview. I’m really looking forward to our chat.

Hi Ken. Thanks for stopping by. So tell me… What is your favorite syllabic poetry form?

From the beginning, I’ve favored free verse. And since my writing is often spare, I prefer haiku and senryū when I write syllabic poetry. I like that they can express so much while being concise.

I like syllabic poetry for the same reasons. That brevity of words leaves us with deep meanings. Since you like free verse best, why do you write syllabic poetry?

It’s that concise nature of the syllabic poetry forms that I use that appeals to me. Often, poetry is a way for me to express my inner thoughts. I find haiku, or even shadorma and nonet, to be very effective in that way.

Ken, have you written a poetry book? Tell us about the book and why you wrote it. (click the book image to find it on

Glass Awash is available on

My poetry collection, Glass Awash, was recently published by Spartan Press.

The poems in it follow a journey or arc, from loss to recovery. Over the years, many of my poems have served as therapy—a way to examine my thoughts and emotions.

I realized I could arrange them in a way that would show that loss—the end of a marriage and the deaths of my parents, which lead to recovery and a healthier state of mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by Ken. I look forward to reading your newest release, “Glass Awash.”

You can follow Ken Gierke and his poetry journey


Thanks for stopping by to meet Ken. See you next month, for another opportunity to Meet the Poet!

The aim of Meet the Poet is to introduce poets to the writing community. This is a way for others to learn more about you and your poetry books. 

I’m looking for volunteers for February and March! Who’s next? Learn more HERE.

78 thoughts on “Meet the Poet – January 2023: Ken Gierke

  1. Oh, this was a most excellent “Meet the Poet.” Thank you for the introduction to Ken. His poetry energizes! Did you see his latest post? Brilliant.

    So below. Within a shared pulse
           star fields merge to engulf

    the depth of myriad layers
           always there, never concealed.

    Light dances as stars celebrate
           a quickening pulse, an embrace.

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  2. Wonderful to meet Ken, in this lovely interview Colleen… Poetry I feel what ever form is very therapeutic, and I know how it has helped me over the years to express emotions which might never have been addressed…
    Congratulations to Ken on his poetry book, wishing Ken every success…
    Sending Love and well wishes Colleen to you both..
    Hugs Sue x ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue. Ken has been participating in my poetry challenges for years. It’s fun to learn more about each other and share our books too. Writing poetry is an amazing outlet for sharing experiences and feelings. Huge hugs coming back your way! 💛

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    1. Our poets are all so interesting and from many different backgrounds which shows in the poetry. It’s a great way to connect and share books. I’m always happy to feature you, Diana. Just let me know. 💛

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  3. Ken is an outstanding poet, Colleen, and thank you for letting us get to know more about him. Congrats to Ken on his poetry book and wishing him much success. 💖

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        1. You’re so welcome, Ken. As poets, we need to help promote and support each other. I’ll be adding my poetry book reviews here, as well. Stay tuned. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and new book with us.

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  4. Ken,

    Wonderful to see you here. I know we have been reading each other for many years. May you continue your success as well as delight us with your verses your unique creative way. All the best ~Jules

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