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About Me and My Poetry

I was born and reared in western Pennsylvania in a small Scotch Irish village, Cowansville. In 1958 I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida with my parents. I graduated from high school in 1960 and entered the United States Navy for four years of service during the Cuban Missile crisis. I began writing in the solitude of being at sea for long periods. I was discharged from the service in 1964. I attended college locally and graduated with a major in English from the University of South Florida. During my senior year I won a poetry prize, and a few of my poems caught the attention of poet Richard Eberhart. Mr. Eberhart wrote to a professor friend at the University of North Carolina where I was accepted as an English graduate student and granted a fellowship as the Assistant to the Curator of Rare Books. Part of my responsibilities was to buy little poetry and literary magazines for the university's collection with donations and private grants. I wrote a Master's Thesis on a gentleman by the name of Ralph Crane who was Shakespeare's scribe, having turned up a long manuscript poem he wrote in 1625. I had to teach myself and learn to read Elizabethan handwriting in order to write my thesis. At Chapel Hill I participated in monthly poetry readings for undergraduate and graduate students and attended the monthly readings by invited visiting poets. After marriage and ABD I was able to secure a teaching position at a local college. I was also involved as a professional genealogist since I could read original deeds and manuscripts. As a consequence, I made numerous trips to Ireland and Scotland for research. My research also led to my discovery of a distant relative, Giuseppe Giacoletti, an Italian poet who won the gold prize for poetry in Brussels in 1863. Giuseppe published fourteen books of poetry. In addition he was a physics professor in Rome and a member of "The Academy of the Lynx." His best known work is "Il Vapore," a long poem on Isaac Watt's improvement of the steam engine. He also wrote a three volume poetic work on optics, all of this being most unusual in a period when late Romantic verse set the tone worldwide for popularity. I sometimes wonder where the words come from and find myself amazed now and then at passages I've written. I guess the gift is genetic. I think I had about thirty-seven poems published during this period. More recently I have had the good fortune of having one or two poems a month published for the last four years in a Taoist Tai Chi monthly publication, THE EMPTY STEP. On Wordpress I have an online publication of about 150 poems. I feel I'm in the tradition of Gary Snyder who incorporated his work in Zen with his poetry. My poems are didactic in genre, designed to teach and instruct about the rich Taoist traditions in poetry and martial arts. I have two grown children: a son in the Philadelphia area and a daughter nearby in Hudson, Florida, each the parent of a daughter.

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Tao is a Mountain

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The Transformations
November 14, 2014 //
 
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Student Moi in Hong Kong
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Second Set
August 23, 2014 //
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SHAKEDOWN
August 1, 2014
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Ugly Rugged Tree Poem
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Elder Zhang Guo Lao
July 15, 2014
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Cavalcades of Mercy
July 10, 2014 //
Belfast bomber blitz in April & May, 1941.
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SIEGE OF DERRY 1689
105 days without food or supply.
4000 besieged die.
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