Back cover of Dust Storms May Exist, by Nashville poet, Ben Groner III. Ben's smiling picture appears at the bottom left of the turquoise blue text frame, and he is wearing a striped shirt that mimics the painting in the background, with bold stripes.

Dust Storms May Exist

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poems by Ben Groner III
ISBN: 978-1-956440-85-0 paperback $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-86-7 ebook $9.99
106 pp.
May 21, 2024

Dust Storms May Exist follows the trajectory of a 10,000-mile road trip, exploring the geography, music, and history of America while mapping its astonishments and disillusionments. Ben Groner III searches for a dead father, wrestles with belief and doubt, yearns for sensuality, and recalls the freedom and loneliness of traveling in South America. Bluegrass and cowboy songs seep across the pages as he moves through canyons, bayous, cornfields, museums, gas stations, dance halls, and memory’s refracting landscapes. These poems are a reckoning with what his country is and could be, a meditation on the palpability of absence, a discovery of the searing border between friendship and love, a realization that longing revolves at the core of all experience.

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Dust Storms May Exist: Poems by Ben Groner III. Cover shows a bright colored painting of a desert with blue sky, pink, orange, and purple hills in the distance and a straight road made of converging grey lines.Dust Storms May Exist

poems by Ben Groner III
ISBN: 978-1-956440-85-0 paperback $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-86-7 ebook $9.99
106 pp.
May 21, 2024

Dust Storms May Exist follows the trajectory of a 10,000-mile road trip, exploring the geography, music, and history of America while mapping its astonishments and disillusionments. Ben Groner III searches for a dead father, wrestles with belief and doubt, yearns for sensuality, and recalls the freedom and loneliness of traveling in South America. Bluegrass and cowboy songs seep across the pages as he moves through canyons, bayous, cornfields, museums, gas stations, dance halls, and memory’s refracting landscapes. These poems are a reckoning with what his country is and could be, a meditation on the palpability of absence, a discovery of the searing border between friendship and love, a realization that longing revolves at the core of all experience.


 This is a stunner of a book, one that created the quietest of spaces where I could immerse myself in Ben Groner’s many sojourns across exquisite terrains made even more so by his unwavering curiosity, his keen ear, and his reverent wonder. I’m grateful for poems and poets like this. I’m grateful for the reminder to slow down, to take notice, and as the final words of the book suggest, to step into my own life.

—Destiny O. Birdsong, author of Negotiations and Nobody’s Magic


Dust Storms May Exist is a powerful book of odes and elegies, reflections on a father gone too soon and a country seemingly unraveling, like the “Untied States” on a sign remembered from a road trip. These are poems of travel and exploration, weathering storms of many kinds along the journey, always delivering a sense of rich and meaningful arrival.

—Jesse Graves, author of Merciful Days and Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine


Dust Storms May Exist is a stunning collection “drenched in gladness” and gorgeous imagery, striking that delicate balance between beauty and ache at the seam of each poem. Ben Groner III is a poet who pierces each moment with reverence and brilliant examinations of the human spirit.… This book continually held my attention and my heart.

—Tiana Clark, author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood


Vastness in all its forms—sky, land, time, ache, faith, even language itself—is at the heart of Ben Groner’s first collection, Dust Storms May Exist. From Bolivia to Chile, from Cana to Capernaum—and with so much “shimmering and shifting / around us”—Groner asks, “Where can one ground oneself?” Maybe there’s no comforting, enveloping answer but, instead, only this radiant life where strangers—all sons and daughters—sometimes find themselves in shared spaces, marveling, attuned to the same mysteries.

—Jeff Hardin, author of A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being


poet, Ben Groner IIIBen Groner III received Texas A&M University’s 2014 Gordone Award for undergraduate poetry and two Pushcart Prize nominations. His poems have been published in Whale Road Review, GASHER, The South Carolina Review, The Shore, Rust & Moth, Cheat River Review, and elsewhere. He is a former bookseller at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and son. You can read more of his work at bengroner.com

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1 review for Dust Storms May Exist

  1. kpdavis

    Ben Groner III is a young poet, which we think is a fine thing. We hope that means we have many, many more years to enjoy his poetry. His is the fresh new voice we’ve been listening for.

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