Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016


The Hum [AUDIO]

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There is a grumbling
in the belly of this planet.

You can hear it
at the bottom of the ocean.

Some say it sounds like static
from an old TV, but slow–

which is like the sound
of the snow falling

on all sides of my car,
parked by the edge of a field

in January.
It is dusk.

A full moon flickers
through curtains of snowy sky

and a family of deer creep
across the field, listening.

Beneath us:
the channels changing.



Scientists are slowly unlocking the secrets of the Earth’s mysterious hum [The Washington Post]

Brendan Stermer lives in western Minnesota. He is the creator of Interesting People Reading Poetry and the recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His work has been published by On Being, Thistle Magazine, and Metamorphosis Journal.

Photo by Brian Wolfe.

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