About Blogging…

Pain, Love, Blessings, money, poetry.

Poetry and Prose

I worry about blogging In the hope

of never running out of space

Yes, if that should happen, I would

Need to buy more room, more wiggles

Per inch; I justify the time I write

On useless banter, much in need

Of pain relievers most of which

I can never take, allergies to even

Some pain meds never work; what’s

To be done about this condition

Ice, rolling on like a river current

Like Blessings, like money which

I do not have, so if money took

Time to roll on in, life would be

Strained and always more diverse

Because we would never know

If pain would go away, or linger as I

Perhaps, malinger; we shall never

Know if my life revolves around pain.

Chuck Taylor (2018)

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I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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