None can conquer light upon a star,

Or else we're Residents, simply, where we are.

“Jack Collom employs the humble acrostic to weigh the yes and no of the universe. He nimbly molds the constraints of form in order to loft new realizations within language. Suddenly we are transported: ‘No place is out of bounds.’ Playful, smart, and indelibly original—if you want proof that wonders never cease, enter these poems."

— Elizabeth Robinson

“Who but Jack Collom would make a poetry sequence, ranging from yippee to flammulated, out of a form so simple a child could sing it? Yes and No is one wild-minded acrostic. But then Collom has studied nature like no other poet."

— Andrew Schelling


Jack Collom

(1931-2017) is a legendary voice in experimental writing and poetry education. For fifty years, Collom guided workshops for students of all ages and backgrounds, and is widely recognized as a forerunner of ecopoetics. His twenty-five books include Blue Heron & IBC, The Fox, Arguing with Something Plato Said, Red Car Goes By: Selected Poems 1955-2000, Exchanges of Earth and Sky and Situation Sings (with Lyn Hejinian). His latest book of poems, Second Nature, won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. He has been anthologized in countless magazines and collections in the United States and abroad, from Best Poems of 1963 to The Best American Poetry 2004. In 2018, Spuyten Duyvil released his Selected Poems: 1954-2016.