Naked Eyes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The poems in this collection follow no central theme and are random glimpses of my thoughts during a time of coming of age in the late sixties and early seventies. Each poem is dated and reflects my little world and how I felt at that time. More

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About Larry B. Gray

I grew up in Eastern North Carolina in the small rural town of Aurora. My early years were spent working on my grandparents' tobacco farm and exploring my world of family, friends and school.

After marrying my high school sweetheart in 1972, I moved to Lakeland, Florida where I spent my adult years raising a beautiful family and working in the citrus industry with over 39 years of manufacturing management experience, selling real estate and being a writer wannabe, all at the same time.

In my spare time I attended and graduated from Florida Southern College while working full time and starting a family.

I am still married to my high school sweetheart and have 3 beautiful children and two wonderful grandchildren.

Life is not always easy but in the scheme of things it is fun and gets better everyday. Come join me on this great adventure, remembering the past and building the future.

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Review by: Dee Emeigh on April 06, 2014 :
Larry B. Gray's book of poems could easily enhance classroom instruction on the historic cultural revolution of the late 60's and early 70's. He openly shares the authentic struggle of a young man grappling with unprecedented change in the culture and the transition from boy to man. A delightful drift through time!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Martin Roth on Oct. 31, 2013 :
I too used to write poems as a young man in the 1970s, though none of mine survive. Larry Gray kept his and has now published them, and they make an intriguing record of a young man of that era, his likes and doubts and dreams and fears. Some have an air of mystery, such as the intriguing "The Mystic Morning God," which I especially liked. This is a fun collection that brought back to me many memories of my own attempts at recording my early life in verse. I wish I had kept what I wrote.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chris Ammann on Oct. 21, 2013 :
Naked Eyes by Larry B. Gray is a true time capsule of 1970. This collection of poems shows a young Larry B. Gray pondering everything most intelligent young men do as they cross from adolescence to adulthood. Love, hate, war and death all come into play. I personally found myself again and again identifying with the words of the young Larry B. Gray and wished I had written many of them. Kept in the time frame of the turbulent late 60’s and early 70’s and it is to see these timeless poems as the treasure they are. In closing I could have included many of the passages to illustrate my point here but I left them out as not to spoil the reader’s joy of discovery as I had.

Sincerely Chris Ammann
To be clear I was given a copy of Naked Eyes but the review is true and honest.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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