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PREFACE
MY GIFT
FIRST POEM
BALLAD
THE VACANT ROOM
ONELYNESS
BLUE FUNK
RAGA
THE WINTER WIND
CARDINAL IN WINTER
END TIME FOR THE TERRIBLE WINTER
THAW
METAPHORS TO THE SUN
SPRINGSHINE
THE MOODS OF APRIL
CLOUDS
OCTOBER
BIRDS
TREES IN THE WIND
ASCENSION DAY
O EDEN
TETRAMETRIC SONNET
FREE SAILS
NOW COME LOVE
WIND WEAVERS
BARELY DAWN
(WRITTEN 1971 DURING THE VIETNAM WAR)
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
LEAN TIMES
THE VAST LAKE
BETWEEN
WAIT
LAUDATION TO THE COFFEE BEAN
HER MOUTH
ANTI-CUPID
JAZZIS
CONCERT AT BLONDIE’S
SWINGTIME IS WINGTIME
NON-VINTAGE VINTAGE
ORCHESTRA
ABBOT AND COSTELLO
TIME IS
NICE
MAGRITTE AND HELIOS
BODH
AFTER VIEWING RUSSIAN AVANTGARDE ART
TIME FLIES
BEAT
GENTLE
HAIKUS
DUSK
GOOD FRIDAY
BOATS
THREE HAIKUS
OXYMORONS
BLUE AND WHITE
COLORS OF A WOMAN
ALL FLESH IS GRASS
MIND AND MAYBE
MORE HAIKUS
THE DOT
GUILTY
THIEVES
THE CRUEL MAN
A SUICIDE AND A GODDESS
DIFFERENT STROKES
SACRED CLAY
TO I
SEPTEMBER 17, 1983
BRIEF FIRE
YOUR EYES
CIPHER DECIPHER
I WILL EAT YOUR FLESH
THE MAGIC TRICK
ALONG THE STRAND
SONG
STORM LOVE
UNDULATING THOUGHTS
ROSES
DEEP WINTER
FREEZING JOURNEY
PREGNANT
XMAS
FALL
AFTER BETHLEHEM
THE FLOOD
WHERE IS THE FUTURE?
PETER PAN APPROACHING EIGHTY
THE INK OF POETS
P. 1
Coming Forward

Coming Forward

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I have been writing poetry for most of my life and like Emily Dickinson, I have never published my poems which were written or typed either on full pages or on scraps that scattered themselves about in disarray. It is an impulse that comes when I have a pen in hand and a blank paper. I have never submitted but I have recited in clubs, though briefly. I also had the fortune to have participated in one of Carl Watson’s poetry classes, in which he praised us for being his best participants he had yet encountered. Nothing more came of that.

So it was late in life that I finally gathered together my poems and went over them, rewrote some, started new ones and began arranging them. My first poem written in high school had been destroyed but I had memorized the first two stanzas and was able to reconstruct the last. Likewise one of my poems that I has recited in the clubs and that was well received was also lost, unfortunately irretrievable. Fortunately, these were my only real losses for being so horribly untidy.

Among my influences, my first was Poe, later there were Whitman, Frost, and ee cummings. My passion for jazz likewise played some influence. In the process of reviewing my poetry, I saw the changing, evolving patterns in my writing as a reflection of my own changing evolving life and my inner feelings, and in that process I analyzed that past life. I had always considered myself as being shy and reserved when I was young but in my analyzing process, I came to realize that I was actually quite repressed and it was only gradually that I grew out of that shell, the poetry I wrote along the way being part of the help for myself. My poetry changed over time, due to my changing inner mind and spirit and to my expanding experience. These poems then are a record of my being as much as anything

I am a Sagittarius and true to that sign I love variety. Within these pages you will find that variety and I hope that among them you will find some enjoyment. These are my poems. This is my life and mind. Enjoy.
I have been writing poetry for most of my life and like Emily Dickinson, I have never published my poems which were written or typed either on full pages or on scraps that scattered themselves about in disarray. It is an impulse that comes when I have a pen in hand and a blank paper. I have never submitted but I have recited in clubs, though briefly. I also had the fortune to have participated in one of Carl Watson’s poetry classes, in which he praised us for being his best participants he had yet encountered. Nothing more came of that.

So it was late in life that I finally gathered together my poems and went over them, rewrote some, started new ones and began arranging them. My first poem written in high school had been destroyed but I had memorized the first two stanzas and was able to reconstruct the last. Likewise one of my poems that I has recited in the clubs and that was well received was also lost, unfortunately irretrievable. Fortunately, these were my only real losses for being so horribly untidy.

Among my influences, my first was Poe, later there were Whitman, Frost, and ee cummings. My passion for jazz likewise played some influence. In the process of reviewing my poetry, I saw the changing, evolving patterns in my writing as a reflection of my own changing evolving life and my inner feelings, and in that process I analyzed that past life. I had always considered myself as being shy and reserved when I was young but in my analyzing process, I came to realize that I was actually quite repressed and it was only gradually that I grew out of that shell, the poetry I wrote along the way being part of the help for myself. My poetry changed over time, due to my changing inner mind and spirit and to my expanding experience. These poems then are a record of my being as much as anything

I am a Sagittarius and true to that sign I love variety. Within these pages you will find that variety and I hope that among them you will find some enjoyment. These are my poems. This is my life and mind. Enjoy.

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