A Country Mile


Mixed with tobacco juice

And red summer clay

It came from the edge

Of the cornfield

The clout that soured

Past the unplowed field

Smashed into the red barn

Scattering the cawing crows.



Clinton Van Inman was born in England, 1945, but has lived in America all his life. He graduated from SDSU with a BA in philosophy, 1977. He is a high school teacher in Hillsborough County, Fl.,  living in Sun City Center with his wife Elba. Though never belonging to any schools of poetry he has always been associated with the Beat poets as one of the few remaining Beat poets who still bang the drum (slower now) for the cause.