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Deer Tracks

James Kibby

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The Deer Tracks podcast is a place where creativity lives. Where our longings, our delights, our disappointments, and our passions are breathed out: marking the trail of our journey. These are the tracks we make and the ones we follow to find the deepest parts of ourselves: our true selves. During each episode, you will hear echoes of the past as well as current voices through discussions about and performances of creative works. Our goal is to build community and inspire others in their creative pursuits which is why we invite our listeners to submit their work for the opportunity of hearing it on a future episode or seeing it on our blog site by sending them All submissions must be appropriate for a general audience and should be original work. You can submit a recording of yourself performing your work, or you can submit the words to have James perform it; all we ask is that recordings run no longer than four minutes and thirty seconds or submissions to be read are no longer than one thousand words. Exceptions can be made based on literary form but as a general rule, we ask that submissions abide by the above criteria. For further questions, you can email those to the above email address.


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05/11/20 • 14 min


"Sonnets from the Portuguese 14: If thou must love me, let it be for nought" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

"A Song for Mothers on Mothers’ Day" by James Kibby

"The Mother’s Return" by Dorothy Wordsworth
To submit your poems to be heard on a future episode just email them to

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05/25/20 • 22 min

For the final episode of this season I've thrown in some Shakespeare and an American classic by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Thank you to everyone who has tuned in and listened to these episodes. I look forward to another season!
Poems for this episode:
Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? by William Shakespeare
When the Morning Comes (Civil War Ballad) by James Kibby
The Landlord's Tale. Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Music heard during The Landlord's Tale. Paul Revere's Ride courtesy of the Mountaineer Fifes and Drums from West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts. Click here to check out their music.

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The 9th Inning

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05/18/20 • 15 min

I decided to have some fun and dedicate this episode to a true American pastime: baseball. There are so many wonderful memories that I have surrounding the sport and I'm sure many other folks do as well.
Poems for this episode:
"A Ballad of Baseball Burdens" & "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

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Beauty to Behold

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04/27/20 • 18 min

Poems read (or song) during this episode:
"John Barleycorn" by Robert Burns
"Most Sweet It Is" by William Wordsworth
"A Rose" by James Kibby
"You Are The Ocean" song by Evan Anstey
Thank you to Evan for sharing his song and thank you for listening!
Submit your poem or song to to hear it on a future episode.

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04/06/20 • 22 min

The poetic voice can be heard
In the echoes of ages past
In the rise and fall of musical cadence
In the first crack of the bud blooming
In the silent circuit of the sun
Which has its beginning and end in magenta hues
This voice is in whispering trees
It thunders from the sacred mountains
It stirs the tumult and dances in the desert
Great men learned to harness its energy
Even greater men knew enough to set it free
And it speaks to us all in rhythm and in time
The bird with its song
The prophet with his pen
Speak in words and sounds
And in the silent spaces between them
First to be heard so as to be known
To be understood only after the heart has drunk its fill
Be inspired to seek the good, the true, and the beautiful. It's all around. Thank you for listening and if you would like to share your poems (or even songs (listen to know more)) with me, please send them to
Poems spoken (or sung) in this episode:
Backs to the Sun
Party in Babylon
The Tide

The Bells of Lynn, Heard at Nahant by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Click here to read that poem

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04/01/20 • 6 min

My church recently purchased a camera to up our live streaming game and I thought it would be good to give it a test run to make sure video and audio were in sync and coming through clearly. Hope you enjoy this added bonus to content I've been uploading. Subscribe to my channel to stay up to date with the latest podcast episodes and check out St. Bart's Anglican Church's page for all the wonderful content they have been uploading recently. Stay safe. God bless.
Check out my YouTube channel to watch the video!

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04/13/20 • 15 min

A sonnet, a pistol, and a Savior:
Three weapons to rewrite history's course.
The darkest of days, the sure and swift force:
One pen, one cross, and one in the chamber.
Heard in every native tongue and word-lore;
Announced in guttural groans of remorse.
Read aloud from its cover to its dorse
With each turn to drip with bitter flavor.
Better angels of our nature take flight,
And shine ethereal beauty above.
Cast out the shadows of nescient delight;
Carefully render your souls fit to move.
Men, in their songs, may recall the refrain.
Time once stood still and can do so again.~James Robert Kibby~
Poems for this episode are:
- Holy Sonnets: If poisonous minerals, and if that tree by John Donne
- Just Another Friday by James Robert Kibby
- O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
- "Everything Is Okay" by Evan Anstey (Song)
If you would like to have one of your poems heard during a future episode, you can email them to

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Some Old Poems

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03/24/20 • 10 min

To kick things off I decided to share some old poems I wrote many moons ago. Send your poems to and I may just read them during a future episode.
These are the titles of the poems I read:
From the Outside In
The World was on Fire while I Slept
Flesh of my Flesh
Kind of Blue

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03/30/20 • 19 min

Sharing some more poems from my store as well as one from my good friend Fr. Bryan Wandel. I also share an excerpt from a book I'm currently reading by Dean Young titled The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction.
Poems recited:
Hangman's Rope
How did I end up Alone?
Mi Amor
When the Morning Comes
Break Me Open
A Blessing for My Godson: On Your Baptism by Fr. Bryan Wandel
Submit your poems to to hear them during a future episode.

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04/20/20 • 11 min

All things carved in wood and stone
Are words engraved to stand alone
Until the earth and heav'n are worn
And truer words in hearts are born
And flesh cleaves once again to bone
The human soul no more a drone
No more in sin to be forlorn
But welcomed as the veil is torn
And separated now to hone
The life within that did atone
That at the end there to adorn
The truer sons in love reborn
~James Kibby~
Thank you to Jon Hotaling of Different Woods for sharing with me (via my friend Evan) the beautiful wood carving that his friend Paul did (see the image for this episode). Nicely done!
Thank you to my friend Jen Buczynski for sharing her haiku that she wrote as part of the haiku challenge I have going on right now.
To submit your poem to be heard on a future episode, please send it to:

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