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Joseph was Born on Saterday, April 7, 1956 at 11:09 AM in the town of Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria Germany. He was raised in Cottonwood, Idaho USA. He now lives and works as an Architect, in Seattle Washington. In between all this he writes,and lives with a beautiful partner, Cynthia Nolting, and two beautiful children, Sophia and Johanna.

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The Architecture of Cottonwoods Vol.4 is a seven year canto beginning in 1993 and ending the 20th century on New Years Eve 1999. The book is illustrated with intricate charts articulating the monthly progression of the planets through the zodiac and the seasons of the year.

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Birth Place
Fürstenfeldbruck,  Germany
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A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR JOSEPH W. GREIF ... ... WHY DOES YOUR BOOK BEGIN IN JUNE 1993 AND NOT JANUARY? ... JWG: The son of close friends, died in June - or was murdered, it will never be known. In writing a poem for a sympathy card to his mother, I had a dream that he and I discussed using that poem, calling it a Canto, as the start of a book. ... I took his advice. ... WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STAR CHARTS? ... JWG: At the time I was writing these Cantos, as a mental exercise I tried to keep the monthly movement of the planets in my mind to see what their movement through the zodiac would develop into inside of me. And, somewhere deep inside of me I am just comforted in connecting this real time progression of the planets with a poetry of daily life. ... WHY ARE THESE CANTOS WRITTEN WITHOUT THE USE OF THE PRONOUN "I" UNLESS DESCRIBING A DREAM? ... JWG: It seems that I can only truly recognize myself as myself when I see myself in a dream. The rest of the time, awake, I question who I am in relationship to all the daily influences I exist within, unconsciously. ... WHY IS THIS TITLED VOLUME FOUR? ... JWG: Around the age of sixteen I started to write poetry, dividing the time into seven year periods. This volume is the fourth cycle of seven years since 1972, when I was sixteen. ... WHAT DOES POETRY MEAN TO YOU? ... JWG: I try to write poetry that means something outside of one's own personal therapy. A poem has to grab my thinking and amaze me in a different way than typical prose writing does. A lot of poetry for me is very hard to digest, and because of this I can not read past but a few lines before it sours. To make poetry digestible; I need to be introduced in some form to the spirit living behind the words and thoughts of a poem. For when that spirit is found something happens that is amazing, and the poem can speak out of itself to everyone; this is what I need to keep me reading to the end of a poem. ... I know that this is a "Catch 22" type of thinking for a poet but it is my striving.

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Joseph W. Greif
921 NE Boat Street 
Seattle WA 98105   USA
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Bennett and Hastings Publishers
You can order books directly from the Publisher. It is also available to Bookstores and Libraries through the distribution firms of: Ingram, and, Baker & Taylor

The Architecture of Joseph W. Greif
You can see the Architectural work of Joseph W. Greif at Greif Architects by following this link.
You can purchase this book on Amazon; or if you would like, contact the author directly and he has offered to write a personal note in your copy that you can buy directly from him. (If you are in Seattle, stop by to say hello - - if you email me ahead of time and buy a book I will take you to lunch - - Joseph)

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