August 25, 2013
Semi-retired, recently. Poetry is my main passion and focus now. Just started concentrating in a disciplined way on it. I've loved, read, and written it since I was a child. Also have a fiction something-or-other I started long ago and have just taken up again, unsure whether to put energy into it and where it wants to go. I consider nonfiction on some of the thousands of topics I'm interested in, but poetry is mainly what's calling.
Many passions -- social/political issues, human struggles and choices, human interactions, world chaos/world order, garden/nature, change, impacts of industrialization and technologies
So many wonderful voices: Ted Kooser, Lucille Clifton, W.S. Merwin, Ruth Stone, Anne Sexton, Louise Erdrich, Billy Collins, Lisel Mueller, Nikki Giovanni, Maxine Kumin, Mary Oliver
Speak emotionally powerful truths through language that dances on the ear
Main career: newspaper reporter/photog, editor, columnist, editorialist. Also wrote for magazines. Many jobs: catering, farm laborer, retail clerk, retail and wholesale shows for art business. and was researcher/writer at a think tank.