Harv Sterriker taught school in Minnesota, Michigan,and in Kentucky for many years.He's retired now and lives in Flordia near canals and alligators,(not getting too close to them). He spends his time writing about,watching,and observing nature and wildlife.
How are your poetry writings related to other writers you respect and refer to in your interviews?
Relating to other writers and their works has given me greater respect and understanding for what poetry can say. Poetry seems to present greater opportunities for depth of meaning and expression for stories and writings for the listeners. It also offers a quicker and clearer focus on the subject, idea, or concept shared by the author than other forms of writings. Poetry can cut to the chase of almost any subject relating to the hearts and souls of men/women. It can quickly and so quietly embrace the heart and spirit. Poetry can instill the gifts of love and empathy. In poetry lies the rejoicing essence of all human hopes and dreams. Poetry summarizes and emotionalizes the history of great events, great men and women, and great monuments to human achievements - .
Can you give the reader specific examples of some elements you use in your writing?
Yes- Let's take a look at my free book - "Barney's Busy Day" - for a brief discussion of three important elements. The first element which I will comment on briefly is the title. Titles must obviously show strong relationship to the story being told. I believe that the title did show that relationship with busy activities of all the motley crew of characters Barney met during the day. The encounters were brief but they showed action and interaction. A second element which I have chosen to mention is humor. There were believable and sometimes humorous exchanges taking place within the story. If one applies these exchanges, verbal or otherwise, to people, we begin to see similarities to Aesop's Fables stories. This transformation or change is termed anthropomorphism, (animals taking on human traits). A third element for discussion is the flashback. This element is helpful in establishing empathy for Barney who has worked very hard all day long. These three elements then help the reader enjoy the story. There are other elements too but these comments should help the reader begin to enjoy the story a little more.
This is a narrative poetry book about six different birds - what they eat - where they live - and what they do. The first story is titled - The Ruby Throated Hummingbird - the second story titled - The Eagle - the the third story titled - The Wild Turkey - the fourth story titled - The Baltimore Oriole - the fifth story titled - The Cardinal - and the last story titled - The Great Blue Heron.
A millionaire decides to give away some of his money. His plan is to hide it in the park somewhere. He watches as the characters search for the money throughout the story. Some of the characters include; a friendly lady, a boy, girl, handyman, monkey, and dog. Almost everyone is searching for the cash. As the characters are introduced the suspense grows. Who will find the hidden cash?
The Adventures of Eagle Eye is a narrative poetry book about a big bald eagle. She swoops and dives, but sometimes fails to catch her prey. Some of the animals she sees are; Woody Woodchuck - Porky the porcupine - Phil the armadillo - a boy with an awesome kite --. Find out what other things Eagle Eye saw on her adventuresome flights. You may be surprised at the ending of the book.
Barney has worked hard all day long pulling heavy loads of grain.The boy feels sorry for him and offers a little encouragement and comfort. Barney interacts with the animals in a series of flashback incidents in the book. Some characters in the book are; Mousella Mouse - A sparrow - Bob White -. The book is especially good for horse lovers everywhere. Find out why Barney rushes to get home.
Momo meets new friends at Farmer Bill's farm. She tries to help Farmer Bill keep track of them all. Some of them try to imitate animals. Other characters try to imitate humans. Some of the characters are; Feisty, the bull - Brownie, the hen - and Frisky, the goat. Please note that Farmer Bill leaves no oars in his fishing boat. Could this have something to do with a "character" in the story?
In the first story -Momo At The Doggie Park - Momo meets new friends at the doggie park. Meet some of them like Max and Little Cairn Terrier. There is a surprise at the end of this story. In the story - A Starling Show - the characters below react to the spectacular show above. Find out some of the funny things which happened to people and animals as they watched the spectacular show.
This book has three narrative poetry selections. State Fair Time - is a humorous story about what someone eats and does at the fair. Momo At The Beach - a humorous story about Momo's exciting and humorous explorations at the beach. The Fiddlers - a humorous story of people and animals visiting a park just "fiddling around". It's interesting watching this group of "characters" visiting the park.
Little Momo is a narrative poetry book about a little dachshund who loves to eat, and travel. She travels to Spain and looks out the plane window. She has an excellent sense of smell and sniffs at everything to see what it is and if she likes it. She has a noble ancestry and has hopes and dreams of great things in her life. Find out what her dreams are. This book is for dog lovers everywhere.
This is a free narrative poetry book which has a study/discussion guide at the end of the book for each story . - Hungry Willie - is about a black bear that ate a lot. - A Dog in a Race - is about a dog who raced to a special place. - The Swan and I - is about the life of a care free swan. - Nature's Scents - is about fresh air we all like - but ---. - Big Jack - is a tragedy about an animal.
This is a narrative poetry book with stories about- Hernando the Pelican - a very hungry bird. - A Firefly Show - about a boy watching the show. - The Ducklings Busy Day - a day trip with a mother on the lake. - Around The Dinner Table - about a dinner conversation around the table.- Night Skies - about what a boy sees looking up in the sky. - The Old Farm Yard - about the past and memories.