I first saw my writing in print when The Totem of Spring 1971 (published by the School District of Omaha, Nebraska) included five of my poems. I pursued creative writing in college and on April 4, 1975 I received a letter from The Alice M. Edwards Memorial Creative Writing Award Committee which, in part, read, “We hope that you will continue to write, not only because we believe that creative writing is a worthwhile end in itself, but also because we believe that by sharing your perceptions you will be enriching the human community.” I framed that letter because of those words and because one of the signers was J B Wallace, the man who had taught me so much about writing. Jon wrote, “To Bruce– A friend & poet whose work I admire. May he soon arrive where he should be: in print,” inside my copy of his Looking For Home. That inscription seemed prescient when on the first page of the Spring 1984 issue of Studio One my “This Is The Poem” appeared. The College of St. Benedict invited me to read the poem at an event celebrating the publication of the journal. So I went, wearing my Baja “poet shirt” hoodie, and read my poem.