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Dick Stahl believes that every poem is kind of a performance. He has a way with words.

Stahl is the first Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities.

Stahl has been writing poetry for more than thirty years. His style is primarily free verse. No rhyming.

One book of his poetry is titled After the Milk Route. His dad was a milkman and Dick  wrote several poems about that experience.  

He is especially fond of the Mississippi River. One of his poems is about a Mississippi River Walking Stick.

Dick Stahl was chosen as the Quad City Arts first Poet Laureate in 2001. He says being selected  is one of the highest honors of his life.

He has done numerous poetry readings over the years, and has several, large, colored poster poems in his home.

Stahl taught poetry at Davenport Central High School. His favorite poet is Walt Whitman.

Some poems, Stahl says, come easily. Others need to be revised.  Writing poetry, Stahl believes,  is a chance to perform in language.

Well said by the Poet Laureate.  

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