Zumwalt Poems Online


One of the pioneer, some say lost in the wilderness, poets of the information age.

Sometimes labeled a “non-poet”, “anti-poet”, or non-poet’s poet, Zumwalt continues today to write without the least consideration of the educated opinions of “those in the know”. In Zumwalt’s words, “a poem is a piece of information, it is not knowledge and it is not, intrinsically, of value” and “what anyone makes of a poem is always much more relevant and meaningful than what any poem is made of. The real artist and creative force is the reader, not the poet.”

This is our attempt to distribute those works permissioned by Zumwalt for distribution.

Zumwalt was first published in 1973, in the now defunct Good Humor Literary Magazine. It is our pleasure to be able to include this landmark poem, “Trilogy of the Oblique Carbide”, on this website along with a few poems published in 1974 and 1975 as well as many, many more Zumwalt poems written after 1973.

With a few exceptions, the poems presented here are the only poems of Zumwalt ever published online. All poems posted here are done so with the permission of the author. This is not the case with any other Zumwalt poems available online.

Distribution of this content is not permitted without written authorization of author. All works contained within are copyrighted by the author.


Comments on: "Zumwalt" (20)

  1. I dig the poetry. Love it.


  2. Anonymous said:


    Your blog features a nice collection of poems. Looking forward to reading more on your blog.



  3. I believe you are a very talented poet who inspires me everyday… thats why i have put you in my list of the versatile blogger’s awards..


  4. Very interesting blogsite…I’ve been browsing your archives and enjoy what I’ve read!


  5. Nice meeting you and your interesting page. I’ll be back to read more of your work.
    Have a wonderful afternoon


  6. There is something familiar but fresh about every word I read here. I connect to Zumwalt’s poetry, and I like to visit this blog every once in a while. It’s like a “text” for me. There is plenty of old stuff I will get around to reading eventually… and often something new that draws me in and reminds me of the joy of serendipitous discovery.


  7. I must agree completely, Poetry is not about education, but rather opinion, view, and inspiration. It is not about How it is written that matters, it is about How it is read and felt. I look forward to exploring this site. 🙂


  8. Amazing blog… thanks for another opportunity to celebrate poetry.


  9. Rudolph_Consuegra said:

    Very amazing poetry on this blog.


  10. Very happy to find this site! I have subscribed via my blog reader, and look forward to exploring and reading here.


  11. “The real artist and creative force is the reader, not the poet.”

    Thank you for giving me a new way to look at poetry.

    “The most important requirement of any poem is that it ends before the reader goes on to something else.”

    Love this. And, oh so true.


  12. I am presenting you with the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out at http://wp.me/p1gpNV-dg


  13. I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award. Congratulations!


  14. Hi, zumpoems. I’m Just Passing though to let you know that I selected you for the Kreative Blogger Award. In my eyes. there is no pressure to abide by the rules or follow up; but if you would like to know why i selected you or know more about the award, then you can click my link here.


  15. Zumwalt carves out images that put my senses to work!


  16. Hi Zumwalt, I nominated your blog for a Versatile Blog award at https://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/. All the details are on the site. Thanks for sharing your words and wisdom, and best of luck for 2012! Marc.


  17. Hi there. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, and am now wondering if you already have one and I don’t realize it! Love this blog, love the poetry and thoughts expressed here and wanted to pass on some love.





  18. mzuritam said:

    I love your “quote” at the top of the page and I copied it to my private “quotable quotes” with your site address as reference. Is that okay with you?


  19. Interesting blog and some great poems. Will be exploring more…see you soon! 🙂


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