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Rex Wilder is an award-winning poet and photographer. His first job in photography was for Playboy magazine. Today, he is the author of four books of poetry. His fifth, Rare Fuel, won the 2023 Donna Wolf Palacio Poetry Prize and will appear in spring 2024. 

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Spending Lies

But then one recovers, as do the objects
Of one’s affection. As in covering
Again. Can recovery be a bad thing?
Side effects: the blight of blasé,
A mild fever of yeah, whatever.
I guess I’m still loving everything
But having to remind myself; my mind-
Ful calm’s not sticky anymore.
The thrill isn’t gone. It’s just shopping
With coupons, putting things back.

- Rex Wilder


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Hill Country

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Rex Wilder is a critically acclaimed poet and photographer residing in Benedict Canyon, California. He is the author of three previously published full-length books of poetry. His fourth volume, Rare Fuel, is the recent winner of the Donna Wolf Palacio Poetry Prize from Finishing Line Press and is slated to appear on bookshelves this spring. His first book to combine both his art and his words, A Quiet Place to Land, was released this past December and has been described as “a balm for the soul” and “a mental wellness coffee table book” to be “treasured for years to come.”  

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