I always hated having to decide the meaning of a poem when I was in high school. No one but the poet could know what the poet meant, we could only truly decide what the poem meant to us. I was always wrong.

My poetry is very close to my heart. I can tell you what I was thinking, or feeling, or doing, when I wrote each one. Perhaps one day, I’ll release a text-only edition of Echoes, with annotations on each poem, so there can be no questions about my intent.

If you’ve read Echoes, I would love to hear what some or all of my poems mean to you. In what way do my words speak to your heart?

But if you’re trying to tell others what I meant — please don’t speculate on what is very personal to me. Ask! If I didn’t want to hear from you, I wouldn’t have so many ways for people to find and contact me! I’ll even give you a contact box right on this post.

Thank you for understanding.


Audio Book

Even though I don’t really like the way I sound on spoken recordings (singing = good, spoken. . . not so much!), I’ve been thinking about re-releasing¬†Echoes as an audio book. All the original poems + at least one bonus track.

Please comment and let me know if this is something that you would be interested in buying. I broached the idea awhile ago, and saw some interest, but thought I would check again.

First book

I am in the process of putting together a collection of poetry and art. The current title for this collection is “Echoes,” and will most likely publish under this name. The majority of the photos included are recent ones, which I have taken in or around Abingdon, Virginia. I consider the poetry lifelong work; the dates I’ve written span a great number of years. The dates themselves will not be included in the book, however. This is my choice – I feel it distracts from the writing. The index in the back will list poetry by poem name or first line. The index will also list photograph and artwork titles/locations (as appropriate).

Keep an eye out for the link(s) I provide for purchasing this book!