Q: What does one do with poems in a world where there is virtually no market for poetry by unknown and largely unpublished writers?
A: One starts a blog and hopes that someone – anyone! – will find it.
The roots of this blog are in The Great Isolation of COVID-19. I set out to journal my way through the pandemic, but soon became too discouraged to continue. I eventually decided to collect all of my poems in one place so that they might not be entirely forgotten one day. I began to collect my poems – most of them written more than 20 years ago – and was pleasantly surprised when I began to produce new poems, as well. Common themes of my poetry include family, love of all types, the loss of innocence and a love of place (hello, Lake Michigan!).
I live near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with my wife, Linda, and a dog named Lincoln. At last count – between the two of us – Linda and I have 16 grandchildren. I got sober in 2012; my more recent poems could not have been written were I still carrying on a torrid, not-so-secret love affair with vodka. Help is available.
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