Aunt Ruthie’s Christmas Table, circa 1980s


“Grandpa Vogt’s — 1959,” poem used by permission, author Benjamin Vogt


Dr. Benjamin Vogt, my instructor in a Family History course I took in 2015 via publishing entrepreneur Jane Friedman, is a poet, gardener, and author of creative non-fiction. With his permission, I am printing this poem from the collection entitled Afterimage, available from Texas A & M University Press.

Ben Vogt contemplating in monarch gardens



This poetry collection is a wonderful idea for the poetry lover on your Christmas list. The copy I ordered  is going to a literary lover on mine.



  • Has your Christmas gift giving included books?
  • What books have you appreciated receiving as gifts?