Poetry in the After Words collection is directly influenced by reading published works by other poets, both living and dead. I am their student; they are my mentors; if they create texture by adding detail here and scraping other areas to the bone of simple noun, simple verb — I make every effort to do the same. An alpha list of my titles follow. Click here for an Index by Influence.
(The) Poem of Plants
Schottische Miniatures in 2/4 Time
(6 poems: Suzanne Marie, Josephine Dehullu, Nightfall,
Death’s Lament, Church/Farm, and Memo)
In cases where a particular poem by a particular poet published in a particular book provided the springboard for my effort, I list all the particulars in a bracketed aside at the end. In other cases, I may have read a number of poems by a particular author and that wash of their style in general is the reason a poem of mine becomes what it becomes. I make no excuses.