This is a book about universal human experience that is divided into two parts. Part I, Empty Houses, concerns the theme of loss, the ephemeral experience of life where we all feel something is always missing, something that can sometimes be defined and sometimes not. The loss may be that of loved family members or friends, a spouse or lover, or a loss of place and time. It seems that we all, from the moment of birth, move through an archetypal mythic space that defines us from our inception. This concept is reminiscent in our earliest myths, the expulsion from the Garden, loss of paradise and innocence when we were pulled from the Edenic womb and thrust into the field of time and space, into the forbidden knowledge of our human mortality. Perhaps Wordsworth said it best in the lines “The still, sad music of humanity,” that really does express the human song.
Part II, American Renditions, touches on American themes in very broad and diverse brushstrokes. Here, the reader will find modern America, mythic America, nostalgic America and a host of other Americas. Men and women are portrayed that are easily recognized, people that we all can identify with. Historic American motifs are here, a type of cubist rendering, in poetry that produces an American portrait. Completeness is here, fragmentation is here, the mythic and the here and now can be found. The American Dream and its antithesis walks these pages. I realize, of course, that such a short work can never envision America in its complex whole, but at least a personal interpretation is rendered. Please enjoy my humble words.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Thinking about universal themes of absence, loss, and various American themes, I began assembling the collection.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I create individual voices for each poem.
Lucy’s Last Tango
I want to live in Lucy’s world
Go there like the prodigal son
I want my tones to become black and white
And speak in sitcom tongues.
If I think hard enough
If I pray sincerely like Billy Graham
If I tap my heels together three times
Can I ride the terrible wind to Oz?
The world is magic so why not?
TV, a fantastic beehive where a redheaded
Queen forever needs rescue, Rickie’s
Wrecks dredged up like a rusted and
If I obediently absorb the kitchenware
Commercial’s minute conjurations
I can live as a mortal toon
Become flat, gray, one dimensional
Circuit produced comic character in
A comedic land composed of milk and money.
Leave this world, enter hers.
With Lucy dance the last tango.
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