Tamped, But Loose Enough to Breathe


by Mark Todd


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This is a book of stories and songs and song-like stories celebrating American vernacular and the people who inhabit the land. The poetry of Mark Todd, also an active horse rancher, poetry lives at the juncture of literature and folklore, a place of language revitalized by actual speech rhythms. Todd’s welcoming voice–veering like life itself between sadness and hilarity–should be welcome everywhere poetry is heard.

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Additional information


Conundrum Press









6 x 9

Publication Date

September 2018

The Author

Mark Todd

Mark Todd

Mark Todd is the recipient of the 2017 Karen Chamberlain Lifetime Achievement Award for Colorado Poetry, and he has appeared on both Colorado Public Radio and the Travel Channel representing his work. He founded Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, where he has been Professor of English at Western since 1988, and serves as Contributing Editor for Western Press Books. He has 25 years of professional journalism experience, having published hundreds of news stories, features, columns, and editorials in local through international markets. He also served as editor and publisher of both a newspaper and a regional magazine and, at one point, digested online news for the Lycos daily news service. Mark has performed his poetry across the country and in Europe. His books include two collections of poetry, a science fiction novel, and as co-author with wife Kym O’Connell-Todd a comedy/fantasy trilogy and a creative nonfiction book about hauntings in frontier mining towns of the Rocky Mountains. Three of his books were nominated for Colorado Book Awards and one was also nominated for the Colorado Blue Spruce Award.

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