I started writing lyrics in 1977 with the dream of starting my own band. That lasted for about six weeks since none of us could play an instrument and we all wanted to be lead vocalist.
Then girls came along and the words returned, only I had discovered poetry. And so it began. It has been a long journey since, with many mentors along the way who helped shape my work into what it is now. Going forward, their insight and inspiration leads me on.
Music still inspires my words. I've studied poets from Keats to Blake, Milton and Shakespeare to the present day. I met and tried to impress Maya Angelou in a college course where I studied writers like Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood. I tried to impress upon her a comparison I found between her lyrical style and John Keats. She must have thought me to be a nut job. But it was fun to know I had her ear, even if for a few fleeting moments. I repress part of the memory of that meeting because of the embarrassment I felt after realizing my idiotic gaffe of idolatry.
Well, here we go! An eclectic, disjointed collection of poetic ramblings from the lyrical to my attempts at form. Hope you like and feel inspired to comment.