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Lowell Jaeger has taught creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College for the past 30 years. In 2017 he was named Montana's Poet Laureate. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. In 2010, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor's Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.


The title for Lowell Jaeger’s Or Maybe I Drift Off Alone comes from his poem, “Four Chaplains,” a story of self-sacrifice in a hopeless situation. These poems puzzle over themes of duty and sacrifice within the give and take of ordinary lives. Those who tell the tales are sometimes generous and sometimes not, but they are unwaveringly honest. “Let’s assume there’s a lesson/ in every small thing,” Jaeger writers in “Follow Your Bliss?” This is a book of small things and lessons made eloquent by Jaeger’s formal and lyrical skill. County library book sales, small town restaurants, road trips, and tow trucks all have a place in this volume whose ultimate theme is acceptance, forgiveness, and love.
—Tami Haaland, former Montana Poet Laureate and author of When We Wake in the Night

Like William Carlos Williams, William Stafford, and Dorianne Laux, Lowell Jaeger is a poet of commonplace things that matter, the rhythms and cast-off minutes that animate our days and lives. Jaeger writes with wit, wonder, and stark, tender honesty. His language is precise but never pretentious, his narratives full, profound, surprising. In the penultimate poem, we are stopped along a “backroad meadow,” where two horses approach, “as if to ask what news [we] might bring.” Well, let me tell you now the news you’ll find herein is full and true; it is “despite our separate hardships” nothing more, and nothing less, than “the goodness of this day.”
—Joe Wilkins, author of The Mountain and the Fathers and When We Were Birds

ISBN 9780991577255Edition 01Binding Paperback

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