Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo (Poetry) | Media, PA

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Kenneth Pobo teaches Creative Writing and English at Widener University near Philadelphia. He and his husband live in Media. He began writing poetry in 1970 at the age of fifteen. He likes doing character studies in poetry form. His poems are often concerned with issues related to the LGBTQ community as well as the environment.


Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers, 2017). Poetry.
Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2015). Poetry.
Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press, 2015). Poetry.

Ordering: A Season in My Garden (Higganum Hill Books, 2003). Poetry.
Introductions (Pearl’s Book’em Publisher, 2003). Poetry.


  • Dust and Chrysanthemums (Grey Borders Press, 2017). Poetry.
  • Calligraphy with Ball (Encircle Publications, 2017). Poetry.
  • Highway Rain (The Poet’s Haven, 2015). Poetry.
  • Save My Place (Finishing Line Press , 2014). Poetry.
  • Ice and Gaywings (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011). Poetry.
  • Trina and the Sky (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009). Poetry.
  • Greatest Hits: 1954-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002). Poetry.
  • Ravens and Bad Bananas (Osric Publishing, 1995). Poetry.
  • Ferns on Fire (Nightshade Press, 1991). Poetry.
  • Evergreen (Bragdon Books, 1985). Poetry.
  • Billions of Lit Cigarettes (Raw Dog Press, 1981). Poetry.
  • Musings from the Porchlit Sea (Branden Press, 1979). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

[Kenneth Pobo] has long been a master of the short line free verse personal poem; in this collection, he’s let the paintings charge his work with experimental verve and at times, a surreal edginess. The poems are exuberant, filled with daring imaginative leaps…. Loplop in a Red City is a testament to the power of art’s ability to inspire.
—J. Esch, Turk’s Head Review

These wonderful poems go way beyond mere ekphrasis. They’re little masterpieces in their own right, bursting with exuberant life from the page and into our memories without our having to know anything about the paintings that inspired them.
—Robert Cooperman, author of In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains, winner of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry

There’s no ego here; it’s laid bare, without any ribbons or bows, and in that simplicity, somehow more complex than most…. Pobo’s talents for finding the right words, his precision as an artist, sing from the canvas in this collection.
—Jerrod Edson, author of The Moon Is Real

Loplop in a Red City offers us a taste of super powers: Pobo’s poems present lyrical, verbal play, and we also gain new insight into art, art history, and the painters who created the great works…. Pobo’s poems will provide artistic companionship in the days and years ahead.
—Marilyn Kallet, author of 17 books, including The Love That Moves Me

There are brilliant daubs of color here, moments where lyrical poems respond to art. Perhaps the concerns of painters are similar to those of poets: who am I, and what has this creative journey meant?
—Patricia Clark, Professor and Poet in Residence at Grand Valley State University, author of My Father on a Bicycle and The Canopy

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