I have written poetry for many years (more when I was younger, but I hope to return to regular poetry writing now that I am semi-retired). With some apprehension, I am putting the poems up here, sometimes with a context. I have not edited them except for spelling.
Some motivations: In her book Fear of Fifty, Erica Jong makes a strong case for poetry being an essential part of any successful society. In spring 2013, I visited the University of Florida and discussed the importance of poetry with my colleague Colette St. Mary. One of my former professors from undergraduate school, Don Ginsberg, published a wonderful book of poems in his retirement.
It took me from the start of this site in November 2013 until April 2015 to put most of the poems that I wrote as a young man here. After that, I added some news ones but more slowly. This is a bit of an experiment, but of course, there is always William McGonagall as competition. So here goes.