Ever since my childhood, when I heard and read the poetry of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson and Theodor Seuss Geisel, I’ve wanted to write poetry. Here are collections of my results.
The title of book one, Poems People Like to Silently Move Their Lips While Reading is a hint to the reader. These are serious poems that I’ve rewritten, redrafted, deconstructed and reconstructed so many times, trying to get them just right. Use commas or not, this word or that, substitute new lines for those old lines that never seemed right, a process extending over years before the poem solidifies, only to have it require changing again, often back to what it once was. Hard work.
In contrast, the poems collected in book 2, Dog Grrl! were usually written for fun, in a single sitting, with only minor revisions. But my friends sometimes like the poems in Dog Grrl! better than the serious poems which I’ve sweated over – oh well, life tweaks you!
Book 3, Your Writing Hand includes poems from my teens, before 1980, which still interest me for various reasons. These were my beginnings, and here and there I even got some things right.
Book 4, Untitled Book in Progress is just getting started, as the title suggests. There are not enough poems for a whole book yet, so this remains a work in progress.
|Thomas James Allen|