Welcome to Arlin Buyert Poetry

“The sun sets fast tonight
and the shadows take their places in the dark.”

Razor Wire Anthology, Arlin’s next book of poetry, will be published and available in October.
The concept for this collection comes from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Set in a state prison, these interrelated free-verse poems take the fictitious voice of inmates who speak
about their lives and dreams. The following poem, Mail No More, is included in this new anthology.

Mail No More
Mom and wife attended my trial
two sons stayed home
“All rise” and “Guilty” shattered mom
First two years or so:
monthly visits, birthday card, Christmas greeting
miss you, thanking-of-you notes
Then the slow down slipped in
as weeks passed, months of emptiness
bonds of love loosening
I remember post mark October 1, 2012
“Your mom died last week, heart attack
service at First Lutheran, well attended.”
by Jeremy Olson

Arlin interviewed KU English professor Brian Daldorph on KKFI Radio at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning June 18th. Daldorph teaches poetry at the Douglas County jail. Daldorph and Buyert discussed the Coal City Review, inmate poetry and several inmate poems from Coal City were read.
Listen to the entire interview by clicking here.

The online Spanish speaking website punto.txt (point.txt) has translated and published Arlin’s poem, “Big Brother. Read it here.

Arlin along with 3 Lansing Prison inmates had poems published in the latest edition of the Coal City Review.








Arlin’s poem “Bone” was accepted for publication in The Christian Century.

On Tuesday, February 20th  The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library presented Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series poetry reading featuring former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. Buyert facilitated the reading.
Read more from the Johnson County Library about this event.   Review in the Kansas City STAR.

Arlin’s latest. A poem of hope, heartbreak and joy: Maria

Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series
On Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 pm, The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library will present a poetry reading by inmates and former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison.
Due to room constraints, this inmate reading will be held at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

The book “Oh Say Can You See” -War Poems, has recently been reviewed in the Hispanic website Dela boca al corazon or “From the Mouth to the Heart”.

Arts in Prison Spoken Word Night
Arlin hosted another reading featuring former inmates at the Interurban Art House. The venue was full and the readers received a standing ovation. Pictures L to R: JoAnna Ramsey, Adam Rhodes, Marty Robinson. Avrin Chapman, Kenneth Butler and Wise Hayes.





Reflections in Poetry and Music
Local composers Don Follmer and Ryan Main created musical compositions that reflect and interpret the poetry of Arlin Buyert. These works were premiered at Village Presbyterian Church on Oct. 10th, 2017. Music was performed by cellist Sascha Groschang and pianist Dr. Elisa Bickers. Arlin read poems from two of his books, Family Photos and Oh Say Can You See. To listen to a recording made at the Reflections in Poetry and Music reading, Click Here