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Table Of Contents

PUNCTUATION
FRAGMENT
WINTER SUN ON DESERT SNOW
IF I AM
FAITH AS I KNOW IT
EXIT, STAGE LEFT
TRADE OFFS
THE MAN AT HOME
IN A CLOSET WITH SOMEONE ELSE’S CLOTHES
THE SOUND OF CANDLES BURNING
BOTTOM FISHING
PORTSIDE AT DUSK
OCEAN STATE
NAUSET BEACH
FIRST ENCOUNTER BEACH, EASTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
DRIFTWOOD
COME AWAY ALONE
BELOW SEA LEVEL
BAY SIDE
ESSEX GROUND
PEACE DALE
GENERATIONS
DOWN THERE IN THE HOLLOW
IF
CLOSER
HOMEWARD BOUND
NOSTALGIA
BORDER CROSSING
A DREAM AT SIXTY-TWO ABOUT LIVING TO NINETY-THREE
UNSCULPTED
SHADOW LANDS
A DREAM ABOUT BASEMENTS
THE ABBEY
A DISAGREEABLE DREAM
SNIFFING FOR A FEW WORDS
RESCUE DOG
FIONA
GRIEF
WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES
RETROSPECTIVE:
THE CRIPPLING TRUTH
THE BIG YELLOW BUS
KABBALAH
SPEECH THERAPY
DEPRESSION
TRANSFERENCE IN RED AND BLUE
BIRDS ON CITY WIRES
THE END OF JANUARY
WEDNESDAY
ON EITHER SIDE OF THE FENCE
UNTITLED
A WEATHERVANE IN SPRING
CITYSCAPE
THE COLOR OF PEONIES
BLOSSOMS
TWO INTUITIONS
ALWAYS AND NEVER
FOR AN INSTANT
STORM
A MOUNTAIN CALLED BLANCA
STILLNESS IS FULL OF DEMANDS
THE HALF-FINISHED HEAVEN
FINDING JANE KENYON
A LATE SEASON
AN ALLITERATION OF DAYS
LAST WISH
AN END TO POETRY
EPITAPH
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Closer: Poems

Closer: Poems

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Published by Xlibris
Vibrantly imaginative and starkly honest, Closer takes the reader into realms that most of us are hesitant to traverse. Al shows us it is worth taking the journey into spiritual doubt, to face images of death and to bear the loss of our own bearings. His poetry carries us deeply into places where we can touch love along with her inescapable companions-- grief, gratitude, suffering and redemption. With his gifted capacity to bring meaning into paradox, Al gives us poetry that moves into darkness lightly and opens the way into the mysteries of the myriad losses and renewals we experience in this life. Amplified by the beautiful illustrations of John Francis, this poetry rises like a thin wind over an ocean’s ever shifting tides.

Praise for Closer

There is a line that I love in this collection: ‘I can’t turn blood into ink.” That is exactly what Al does in his poems: he turns the blood he has shed and feels in his veins and translates it all into words, poems, ink; he turns the sea into ink, dreams into ink, children, grandchildren, hope, loss, mountains, grief, peonies, birds - all into ink and that is his art.
Suzie Ryan
Editor, Desert Call

This is a collection of reflections on the most difficult journey – the search for meaning in life for a sensitive human being- a journey looking for and being looked for. The beauty of language is picked with care and the love of a true poet moulding the poems into a thing of elegance and of haunting reverberations. There are yearnings, memories and glances into moments of deep pain and moments of pure beauty intermingling, even in the same sentence. These poems expose the deepest emotions and allow a glimpse into the soul.

Margaret Scollan
Spiritual Director, County Sligo, Ireland

There is a beautiful use of language in these poems such that the words take on a power of their own – an event, a punctuation, can change your life. There is a common thread here: a glimpse into the mystical, moving far away to find something close by and getting tragically lost or tantalisingly, nearly found.

Liam Scollan
Homeopathic Physician and Founder of Mentorprise

These poems each stand as an individual personality in their own wisdom and strength. I would even describe one or two as Monoliths. I found I could not rush through them and indeed, had to put them down and let certain phrases just circulate and dialogue with my own experiences in this fractured world. Al’s work is very journeyed on a human level and he is a very articulate and personable travel guide as he maps out the terrain anecdotally and otherwise. The familiarity and honesty around human 'being' including its suffering and spiritual salvation strike at the 'deep heart's core' of me... Hard to define...not always easy or pleasant, definitely not...but always sure-footed, rich and finely tuned.
Clare Lynch
Author of Life Through the Long Window
Vibrantly imaginative and starkly honest, Closer takes the reader into realms that most of us are hesitant to traverse. Al shows us it is worth taking the journey into spiritual doubt, to face images of death and to bear the loss of our own bearings. His poetry carries us deeply into places where we can touch love along with her inescapable companions-- grief, gratitude, suffering and redemption. With his gifted capacity to bring meaning into paradox, Al gives us poetry that moves into darkness lightly and opens the way into the mysteries of the myriad losses and renewals we experience in this life. Amplified by the beautiful illustrations of John Francis, this poetry rises like a thin wind over an ocean’s ever shifting tides.

Praise for Closer

There is a line that I love in this collection: ‘I can’t turn blood into ink.” That is exactly what Al does in his poems: he turns the blood he has shed and feels in his veins and translates it all into words, poems, ink; he turns the sea into ink, dreams into ink, children, grandchildren, hope, loss, mountains, grief, peonies, birds - all into ink and that is his art.
Suzie Ryan
Editor, Desert Call

This is a collection of reflections on the most difficult journey – the search for meaning in life for a sensitive human being- a journey looking for and being looked for. The beauty of language is picked with care and the love of a true poet moulding the poems into a thing of elegance and of haunting reverberations. There are yearnings, memories and glances into moments of deep pain and moments of pure beauty intermingling, even in the same sentence. These poems expose the deepest emotions and allow a glimpse into the soul.

Margaret Scollan
Spiritual Director, County Sligo, Ireland

There is a beautiful use of language in these poems such that the words take on a power of their own – an event, a punctuation, can change your life. There is a common thread here: a glimpse into the mystical, moving far away to find something close by and getting tragically lost or tantalisingly, nearly found.

Liam Scollan
Homeopathic Physician and Founder of Mentorprise

These poems each stand as an individual personality in their own wisdom and strength. I would even describe one or two as Monoliths. I found I could not rush through them and indeed, had to put them down and let certain phrases just circulate and dialogue with my own experiences in this fractured world. Al’s work is very journeyed on a human level and he is a very articulate and personable travel guide as he maps out the terrain anecdotally and otherwise. The familiarity and honesty around human 'being' including its suffering and spiritual salvation strike at the 'deep heart's core' of me... Hard to define...not always easy or pleasant, definitely not...but always sure-footed, rich and finely tuned.
Clare Lynch
Author of Life Through the Long Window

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