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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.

Lowell Jaeger does justice to the images, sounds, and memories of the everyday. The past and the present are recorded with his masterful, but subtle, use of language that accurately captures the magic inherent in every living moment; the holding of a girl's hand in the eighth grade, the impromptu observation of a job-related performance evaluation, or a student running into his professor on the same day he ditched his class. Jaeger's interactions in this world are interwoven with the mundane and the mystical, and his poems remind us of the beauty and wonder that awaits us when we pay attention.
—Richard Vargas, poet, author of Guernica, revisited and editor⁄publisher of The Más Tequila Review

For many years now I have enjoyed and admired the poetry of Lowell Jaeger. It reminds us gently, but with a moral and humane undercurrent, to put by “all this⁄important nonsense” and appreciate the small details of our lives, to see them transformed as he does. Lowell Jaeger writes with a craft, clarity, and subtle intensity that has “my battered earth⁄singing in tongues.”
—Christopher Buckley, poet, author of Back Room at the Philosopher's Club

The poems in Driving the Back Road Home by Lowell Jaeger, in their gentleness and simplicity, awaken us to ourselves and to each other, grounding us in our shared humanity and shared imperfections. They remind us that the natural world of plants and animals, rivers and oceans are also listening to and watching us in our shared earth home. In Jaeger's poem, “listening” the speaker is holding a pebble he found in his shoe and is “listening⁄ to the winds pummeling the dunes⁄ and the relentless ocean grinding.” After reading Jaeger's book, when I open my eyes, I see the world with more compassion, and I also see my place in the world transformed. As in his poem, “even the loam breathes,” Jaeger's poetry is an offering…“a morsel of his bloody flesh” that “strengthens the wings of a fledgling⁄ straining to fly.”
— Teresa Mei Chuc, poet, author of Year of the Hare

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ISBN 9780990795834Edition 01Binding Paperback

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