You will be surprised by Collections because you will find some poems that make you laugh, some that give you information about interesting facts, and others that make you search your soul for deeper insight into who you really are. A number of my poems which are in this book appeared in quite a few newspaper columns featuring poetry, two literary magazines, and four anthologies. My work received awards from annual contests sponsored by the Kansas Authors Club.
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So Runs the Water
When I was a student of chemical engineering, I studied various physical aspects of water. But while my left brain appreciated the science behind it, my right brain only felt fulfilled when I sat at an ocean beach, watching the surf slap against the rocks. It was both beautiful and terrifying at the same time—beautiful the way its splendor and innocence added to the scene, and terrifying because of its capacity for destruction. That is why I decided to write about water.
It is a physical thing. It is a spiritual thing. It is a beautiful thing. It is a frightful thing.
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The Museum Muse
Ever think of museums as places where we take our history and chop it into bits so you can examine the fragments? I do because with the help of a sympathetic museum muse I believe we would understand who we were, who we are now, and where we are going. This poetry book by a prize-winning poet is a search for that muse.
Here is an example of one of these poems: "If you want to know the soul of an artist feel the tenderness of his paintbrush. Paintings are not a mere dabbling of color, paintings are the veins of a sensitive soul sutured on the body of a canvas."
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The Uni Verse
This collection of poems is a parody of Walt Whitman, suggesting what Whitman might have written had he lived in the 21st century. (Example: “Great are myths but I do not delight in them / Great is life, both real and mystical.”) This book is divided into three sections: Part One--Song of Beginnings; Part Two--Song of the Solar System; Part Three--Song of the Earth. It contains both rhymed and un-rhymed poems dealing with various awe-inspiring aspects of our universe.
The Uni Verse won the 2008 Nelson Poetry Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.
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