I grew up in Sunland Tujunga, outside Los Angeles, and eventually made my way to Atlanta, GA and then to Nashville, TN. For years, I made my living as a carpenter, then contractor, and started and ran two successful companies. Building isn't bad work and I'm proud of the projects that I've done and blessed in the people that I met along the way. But I've always been a writer too and my love of words and good storytelling, in poetry and songs, is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
I wrote my book of poetry, Raised in the Shadow, in one intense year of reflection and scribbling. I was living in Nashville, a single father with two children and virtually no time or space for the songwriting career that had brought me there. Oh, and I was about to turn fifty. Poetry sustained me during that period and I wrote poems in response, short and direct and honest--the sort that I like to read myself.
Raised in the Shadow is one version of my life story in twenty-five poems.
Now I am a singer-songwriter, living in a small cabin in the desert near Joshua tree, CA with my wife and two cats. It took awhile. Many things do. But now I just write.
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Raised in the Shadow
by Phillip Rosenberg
An honest and heartfelt meditation on the ordinary joys, challenges, and mysteries of life that may quietly illuminate your own. "I do think they're very fresh, and they have a certain drive forward into truth..." Robert Bly, poet and best-selling author of Iron John.
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