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My youth is greater than my age. I live in a small apartment with my cat Tiger in Northern Minnesota. She thinks I'm a god but I am not, not really. I am an avid writer. I don't quite know what an "avid" is but I am sure I can write one, if I haven't already.
I love to write but can't believe I will ever write a 2-400,000 word novel. I love shorter novels and my hope is that you will too. I live in a city in the middle of the northwoods of Minnesota with my cat in a fun little apartment that suits our needs, Tigerless and mine. She is a fourteen year old oarnge tiger cat with a lovable nature who sometimes watches me write, not as often now as she used to but she does. I think she thinks I am God and I can't help myself, I approve. After 14 novels and counting as well as several if not many shorter eBooks though many of my full lengthed books are also available as eBooks. My life is writing. I can't stop! Sometimes I wish I could but I am a hopeless addict who was once turned down from Writers Annonymous. I am a very private individual and I am surprised I wrote so much about myself. I hope then this helps us get acquainted. And, I also hope you enjoy any or all of my books. Send me a message at my email address and I will be glad to help you find any or all books I have written.
on March 29, 2012 :
"Knowing Nature" is a collection of free-verse poems that refreshes the soul the way a walk in the woods or a dip in the lake refreshes the body. For just a few seconds you are transported somewhere else, to a cool northern place -- breathing the scents, enjoying the sounds. You are no longer in a chair reading words on a laptop in a slightly overheated office.
In "A Hundred Feet from Shore" you are in a rowboat, feeling the threat of unstable weather as "waves hit the boat trying to come aboard." In "Bandits?" you are in the mind of the mother racoon when she warns her children why it is ncessary to to stay away from people, and by poem's end you think maybe you should, too. The poems speak universal truths in an accessible way, yet always locate them in very specific points and places -- on a construction site where "Wrens bathe in / the workman's tracks" or in a woods "where the hazel brush / stands higher than / the head of a tall man."
While taking any real walk in the woods, have you ever wondered how that particular tree happened to grow in that particular place, taking that particular shape? Poika has, and he takes you on a seed's incredible journey in "A Leaf in the Hand." Have you ever wondered what really goes on in the mind of your dog during one of those routine outdoor walks? Poika offers some comic possibilities in "My First Turtle."
I have a friend who makes it a practice to read a poem a day "just like taking a vitamin." If the idea strikes your fancy and you'd like to try doing the same, I recommend UC Poika's "Knowing Nature" as a good place to begin.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)