BA in English Lit. Doctor of Jurisprudence.
I've been a poet for well over 50 years. I've have no major influences as my ego loves my own poetry too much. I find poetry to be a blending of all the arts and attempt to take that and tie them into tight little knots. Like most poets I was a traditionalist when I began, what else can you be at 10 years old. I watched my style/voice develop as I matured. I rarely share my poems, not because I believe them weak, but because they are small and perfect capsules of myself refined down to a point of a simplicity that belies their true weight and significance. When I write it usually consumes me for 3 or 4 days, and then I return to a normal existence. I have every poem I ever wrote, and even as I loved them when they first were born, it's always interesting to assess the years and how my perspectives both alter and remain constant. The decades are distinct in their framing and grow from innocence to pain. When young I wished to be older so I could be wise in my poetry, and disdained the feigning voice of a youthful observer, but now I marvel at the discovery that attended youth and wish I was fresh again. Sopmetimes when I go through them I'm tempted to throw certain of them away, but can't because they are part of the journey.
One of my contemporary regrets is that the audience for poetry is so small and incestous.
In all of my poems I attempt to entertain, seduce and then turn the poem into a perception not hinted at in the first tasting. I don't like reading my poems as the interplay of the words I elect to use are often dependant upon a subliminal and visual relationship that is more effective in creating the desired result than an auditory presentaton.