My first book of poetry is now ready and available at Amazon.
Incandescent Man Walking has been about three years in the making. I started writing poetry on my blog from the onset in the spring of 2011. In the spring of 2013, I had written enough poetry to put together a collection. With the exception of the title poem, all of the poetry in Incandescent Man Walking was written in the two-year period between spring of 2011 and spring of 2013.
About the poetry: I don’t claim to be a poet in the classic sense. I mostly write free verse in a slice-of-life style. If you’re looking for rhymes you might want to check out my songs, although I do include a few poems with rhyming schemes in the book.
The poetry covers a variety of topics: love, patience, youth, aging, music, nature and God are all recurring themes throughout the book. I like to use metaphors to describe and explain what at times seem to be indescribable thoughts and feelings. I like to ponder our place in this world and ask important questions through my poetry. For examples, you can read much of my poetry on this site by going to my poetry category.
You might ask, “Why should I purchase the book if I can read the poems on your blog?” My answer: Don’t buy the book! Feel free to search my site and read all the poems here for free. However, I do offer a few valid reasons for buying the book:
1. The book includes improved versions of many of the poems on my site.
2. Poetry lends itself to a paper format. Having a hard copy of a poetry collection speaks comfort and tradition. I will not be creating a Kindle version of this collection.
3. To support my creative writing. Artists and writers struggle to make ends meet. You can show your support by purchasing a copy of Incandescent Man Walking.
4. To give as a gift. This book might be the perfect gift for someone special in your life.
About the title and the cover: Incandescent Man Walking is dedicated to a dear friend, artist and colleague, Gordon Ligocki. Gordon and I worked together at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana from 2002-2004. Gordon taught art. I taught communication. We shared many ideas and values and had many in-depth conversations about art, music, politics, religion, and life. Gordon passed away unexpectedly in January.
Gordon and I shared the love of “The Walking Man” as a universal symbol. In fact, an artful rendition of walking man is the last profile picture on Gordon’s Facebook page. I added the word “incandescent” to the title to represent the light that Gordon shared and continues to share with the countless people he’s touched in this life. I switched “walking man” to “man walking” to represent a continuing action.
The cover picture has an interesting history. It was actually taken accidentally. I was at Mt. Rainier National Park with my daughter, Annie, in the summer of 2012. I had been taking pictures with my phone and slid it back into my pocket. Later, I found the picture of walking man. I posted it on Facebook and Gordon immediately commented that he loved it. After Gordon passed it just seemed like the right picture for the cover of the book. I hope you enjoy the poetry.