Although I’ve been actively writing poetry for about 30 years, for much of that time I did not actively seek publication of my work. Recently, however, I was very glad to declare an end to a 20-year hiatus from the practice of submitting my work to journals. Before that long hiatus, some of my poems were published in journals such as Mind Matters Review, Alternative Press Magazine, and Cokefish. In addition to the poems appearing in this publication, two other poems have been recently selected for upcoming issues of Down in the Dirt scheduled for the fall of 2015. Like many poets, I have long found solace and renewal in the natural world; I grew up wandering the beaches of south Florida, spent years wandering the beaches of south Texas, and now enthusiastically wander the lake shores and thick forests of western New York. I am also a published composer of classical music, and have set a variety of poems to music over the years, including my own work and that of my wife, published poet and fiction writer E. R. Flory. In addition to creative work, most months find me also joyously engaged in the endeavors of teaching courses and overseeing the music program at Jamestown Community College.
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