I promise to keep it short. One page short.
This collection spans 2012 – 2018. After retiring from the foreign service I worked on and off as a reference librarian, in an academic library, as a project archivist at a municipal repository, and as an archivist consultant in a small town archives. Ever the bibliophile, going back to grad school in my 50’s for an MSLIS was a challenge. During the same period, I completed an intensive docent training at the Library of Congress, where I lead tours a couple of weekends per month. One more thing. I lead an August Wilson American Century Cycle study group in the OLLI program at AU. It’s my newest passion. My wife, Filomena, keeps me on track through it all.
Writing poetry is my fun time, my moments of relief from the daily routine. I have learned that poetry has three dimensions: it is autobiographic; it is ethnographic, and it is metapoetic. That is, poetry reflects, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes unconsciously, the life events of the poet or writer, his immediate environment and state of mind, and, sometimes at a deep level of reflection, just what he or she thinks about poetry itself. I confess all three.
Someone asked me what are the books on my nightstand, i.e., the volumes I most often consult. There is the Bible, the Holy Qur’an, Bloom’s Best Poems of the English Language, Felleman’s Best Loved Poems of the American People, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and boxed set of August Wilson plays. There is a bias there, perhaps.
Enjoy the poems, but don’t take any of this too seriously. I never do.