Aluminum Overcast by Lennart Lundh

Photo Credit - Lennart Lundh

Photo Credit – Lennart Lundh

Lennart Lundh has been published as a poet, short-fiction writer, photographer, and military historian since 1965. He served a blue-water deployment with the Navy’s Amphibious Ready Group Bravo in support of Marine Corps operations in South Vietnam during 1968 and 1969. In late 1970, he was discharged as a conscientious objector. Both events continue to influence his life and writing.

Len and Lin, his wife of forty-six years, have three grown daughters, six grandchildren (ages running from pre-teen to mid-twenties), and a great-granddaughter. The space in their northern Illinois home that was once filled by the daughters is now given over to dogs, cats, and an awful lot of books, music, and movies.

To find his books of aviation history, search his name at the Web pages of Schiffer Publishing and Squadron/Signal Publications, or at Examples of his fiction can be found in the archives of the original Liars League, Arachne Press's 2013 Weird Lies anthology, and Issue 6 of Jet Fuel ReviewHis poetry can be found online most recently in venues such as Poetry Storehouse, The Lake, and an earlier appearance in Postcard Poems and Prose. In print, poetry and photography can both be found in several of the Squire anthologies produced by Writing Knights Press. WKP is also the publisher of Len's 2013 chapbook, Pictures of an Other Day, and will release his next, So Careless of Themselves, in June.

There are readings of several poems, and the full text of an interview done for Arachne Press, on YouTube. And, if that's not enough, there are dozens of other print and online venues that have included his work over a period of almost forty-nine years. Perhaps Len's favorite among the print journals his work has appeared in is The Binnacle, published by the University of Maine at Machias, which has the sensibility, look, and feel of issues of Poetry Magazine from back in the Seventies.

Following is a sample of Lennart’s written replies to a questionnaire for a proposed interview by writing students at Lewis University. Since the matter progressed no further, this seems a good place for it.

What book might we find on your nightstand right now?

As usual, the book space on my bedside dresser runneth over. At the top are Wayne Mutza’s memoir, The Flame Within, and Donna Voyerrer’s poetry collection, A House of Many Windows; it’s impossible to rate either too highly. The current issue of The Binnacle, Arachne Press’ Weird Lies fiction anthology, and Steve Goldhammer’s A Coastie for Life are there for pleasure reading, along with an encyclopedia of science-fiction I enjoy browsing. You’ll also find Laurie Schneider Adams’ A History of Western Art, Randolph Marcy’s 1859 guidebook The Prairie Traveler, and Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Reading. Among others.

What might your personal library look like?

It looks like the gatherings of a disorganized mind at a library sale. There’s poetry by Carl Sandburg, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. There’s fiction by J.G. Ballard, Ernest K. Gann, Ray Bradbury, Harry Brown, Joe Klaas, and Walter Miller. Bert Stiles’ novel/memoir Serenade to the Big Bird and a biography of Stiles by Robert Cooper are perhaps my most precious. I have a full set of Richard Brautigan’s poetry, short-stories, and novels; most of Patricia McKillip’s novels; and all twelve of the annual science-fiction anthologies that Judith Merril edited for Dell in the 1950s and 1960s. And, of course, there’s the love-me shelf, with the books I’ve written and the magazines, anthologies, and journals my work has appeared in.

Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.

There are so many to choose from. A single favorite is simply impossible. To satisfy the moment, there’s a quote attributed to Isaac Asimov which can be easily read as applying to writing in particular and life in general: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘eureka,’ but ‘that’s funny…'”

Mequon, Wisconsin, April 28, 2013. Photo by Lin Lundh.

Mequon, Wisconsin, April 28, 2013. Photo credit Lin Lundh.

Off the coast near DaNang, August 11, 1968. Photo credit Larry Moorehead.

Off the coast near DaNang, August 11, 1968. Photo credit Larry Moorehead.

3 thoughts on “Aluminum Overcast by Lennart Lundh

  1. Great poem and interesting information about the writer. The last few lines of the poem reminded me a little of some lyrics from a Neil Young song, ‘It’s a wonder tall trees ain’t layin’ down … There comes a time.’



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