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LISTEN: Andrew Johnson On Life's Beautiful Monotony

Laura Spencer
Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson had a notebook filled with descriptions of small images.

He also had an interest in what he calls the tension between the monotony of daily life and the beauty of moments and rhythms in the world.

In his poem, "Perhaps One Day This Will All Make Sense," he says, "stylistically I was trying to do something that had that monotony in the repetition while, at the same time, having these things that stand out as novelty events or things that I found intriguing in daily life."

Andrew Johnson received a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and now focuses his time on writing, raising two small boys and, he says, "finding tiny ways to tip his little corner of the world slightly more toward justice, sustainability, and community."

His essays have appeared in Crazyhorse, Guernica Daily, Killing the Buddha, MAKE, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere.

All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some poets, are archived on SoundCloud.

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