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Hello, and welcome to my web site. My name is Ed Block. My family and I have lived in Greendale, Wisconsin for over thirty years. I am a published poet and an accomplished watercolorist. For the last ten years I have studied watercolor with a group of artists on Milwaukee’s southwest side. As a member of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, I have exhibited in the annual WRAP competitions and had a watercolor painting of Greendale’s Trimborn House exhibited at the annual WAAA convention in Madison. I take inspiration from natural scenes around Greendale and the state of Wisconsin, as well as Minnesota, and the Pacific Northwest.

As poet I have published in a number of national magazines, and my collection of religious poems, Anno Domini, has received endorsements from a variety of readers. I am currently integrating some of my poetry and art in a series of hybrid poetry and watercolor cards. Browse my web site for samples of all this work.

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Banners Of Longing

Banners Of Longing

Join me in celebrating the release of my new book of poems, Banners of Longing.

Whether you are a believer, an unbeliever, or just someone “on a quest,” I promise that you will find something in this new collection to call forth your enthusiastic response.

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If you tell me for whom I should write a special message, I shall be happy to oblige.

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Midwestern Lighthouses
Midwestern Lighthouse 5-pack

Here's an exciting new item -- my five-pack of Midwestern lighthouses, prints of original watercolors. Check them out!

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See more of my artwork (available for sale) at the bottom of this page.
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Moments Strange
Moments Strange

Moments Strange is an expansive collection of poems about nature, seasons, and places, both across and beyond the North American continent. It also contains autobiographical poems, a number of poems focused on the Midwest, and, of course, what can only be called a group of poems about “moments strange.”

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Shell Dreams
Shell Dreams

Announcing the publication of my third poetry collection, Shell Dreams, forty poems about Florida and beautiful Sanibel Island.

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Award Nominations

Water’s Edge Press has nominated my poem “A Ship’s Complaint” for a Pushcart Prize!

Lamps of the Tradition
Lamps of the Tradition

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Lamps of the Tradition is a collection of short, easy to read reflections on twenty aspects of Catholic culture and practice. Beginning with lessons from the garden and some thoughts on recycling, Lamps will take the reader on a lively, personal journey through Catholicism with a look at things like liturgical music, prayer networks, and reading the psalms, as well as popular feasts like Ash Wednesday and lesser-known prayers like the "Te Deum" and "Anima Christi." All too soon the reader will find Lamps concluding with a humorous reflection on the saints and two throughful meditations on the Blessed Virgin.



Joe Biden with Lamps of the Tradition
At a meeting in Manitowoc, WI, where they compared their similar Catholic backgrounds, my publisher passed a copy of my Lamps of the Tradition to President Joe Biden. Hope he likes it!
Voice of the Heartland
Boswell Book Release Reading

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Here's a link to the interview I did with Tammy Bobrowsky, of Minnesota Public Radio affiliate, KAXE, talking about my new book, Jon Hassler -- Voice of the Heartland. You can order the book from me by e-mailing me at
Seasons of Change
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It is uncanny to read the poem below from my new collection, Seasons of Change, after Hurricane Irma. Now that the pre-publication order period is over, you can buy directly from me. For $18 I shall send you an autographed copy of Seasons of Change. Email me at for more information.

Milwaukee Poet Ed Block Pens 'Seasons of Change' | WUWM
March 8th, 2018 - It is decidedly secular in tone and subject, but like its predecessor it uses the passage of time as a way to explore the world. Block will read from his new collection Thursday night at Woodland Pattern Book Center, but first, he stopped by Lake Effect to talk with Bonnie North and read a selection of poems.

Table of Contents for Seasons of Change
A Spring Migration a sample poem from Seasons of Change
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Anno Domini
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A collection of—often brief—poetic reflections, loosely based on the liturgical year, but interspersed with poems on selected Gospel passages, Anno Domini will quickly engage even the beginning reader of religious poetry. It will also appeal to seminarians and college students interested in religious poetry. Anno Domini provides a selective take on some key religious themes that will, by turns, move, console, and inspire.

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Commissioned Watercolors
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