Rain's only wet if you're in it
This book contains a selection of poetry that spans a lifetime of thoughts and feeling. The poems represent a variety of styles that I experimented with during different phases of my life. I had a relatively meagre output since I only created one or two poems per year over a period of nearly fifty years. The collection includes both serious and whimsical verse. On the page opposite of each poem, I have added commentary about my thoughts when I composed the poem. Often, poems express intensely personal thoughts and emotions. My hope is that the commentary will make my poems more accessible. The comments don't explain the poems but rather provide context and insights. The poems are not presented in chronological order or by subject but instead they are mixed so that the mood is constantly changing just like in life. There is a chronology for the poems at the conclusion of the book. Following the collection, I have inserted short essays on three famous poems that I have greatly admired as long as I can remember including: "On The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Rhymed Verse" [Edward FitzGerald]; "On The Hunting of the Snark and the Search for the Meaning of Life" [Lewis Carroll]; and "On The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Self-Discovery" [T. S. Eliot].
I believe that what makes this collection unique, besides the poems themselves, is the commentary accompanying each poem and the essays on the meaning and construction of three of the most memorable poems in the English language. This lifetime collection of poetry is actually an autobiography of my thoughts and feelings. Poems condense the story of your life to its essentials.