Richard Meyer


Out-Topping Knowledge

A silly thought, To be or not to be,
if one believes in immortality.
And if to utter nothingness we fall,
then in the matter there’s no choice at all.
What did this fellow Shakespeare mean to say?
Bah! ducks and drakes—a poet’s foolish play.

Richard Meyer’s poems have appeared in various publications, including Able Muse, The Raintown Review, Measure, Alabama Literary Review, Light, THINK, Calamaro, and The Evansville Review. He was awarded the 2012 Robert Frost Farm Prize for his poem “Fieldstone” and was the recipient of the 2014 String Poet Prize for his poem “The Autumn Way.” A book of his collected poems, Orbital Paths, was a silver medalist winner in the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. A former English and humanities teacher, Richard lives in his family home, the house his father built, in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River.