I promise to keep it short. One page short.
My online poetry collection spans 2012 – 2020 with occasional pieces tossed in from my archives, going back to high school in the early ’70’s.
After retiring from the foreign service I worked on and off as a reference and instruction librarian, as a project archivist at a municipal repository, as an archivist consultant in a small town archives, as manuscripts librarian at a university research center and presently as a freelance contract archivist. Ever the bibliophile, going back to grad school in my late 50’s for an MSLIS was a challenge. Later, I completed docent training at the Library of Congress, where I lead tours a couple of weekends per month. In 2020, I started docent training at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Very intense training program, made more complicated by the Pandemic lockdown. Good while it lasted. Casualty of COVID-19. May resume it later. May not. Perpetuam uitae, doctrina.
One more thing. Since 2018 I have led an August Wilson American Century Cycle study group in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program at American University. In 2020 we met by ZOOM! Ten plays in ten weeks. Eleven, give or take. Writing plays is my newest passion. One down, many more to go. 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 figured out 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.
Enjoy the poems.