Clayton Grow has been scribbling strangely captivating phrases into the margins
of notebooks since high school. Many of these words, uttered by teachers and
engineering professors, seemed to be a bridge between the lesson of the day
and the world at large. The patterns of ink bleeding into the page felt like indelible
records of important thoughts. Clayton draws on his engineering experience,
while summoning some repressed creativity, and uses an antiquated writing tool,
a typewriter, to share some of these thoughts in poem form.
Clayton is a dichotomist.
He writes poetry and user manuals;
he coaches his kids sports teams and teaches them about science;
he plays guitar and troubleshoots computational fluid dynamics software;
he hikes and fishes and keeps a spreadsheet of every concert he’s ever been to;
he loves watching movies and reading about the infinite complexity of science;
he has acted in plays and designed stormwater management systems;
he is a beer drinker, an athlete, a believer and philosopher;
he types on his typewriter and updates his facebook status;
he knows the details affect the bigger picture;
he is a two-sided coin.
Clayton Grow and his wife Stephanie, Beaver Dam residents
since 2001, have found this community to be an ideal place to
raise their two kids. He has published a collection of his poems,
poetry for ENGINEERS. It is available in eBook format on his