C.S. Leaf was born only a few miles away from the small community he grew up in located on the northeast coast of Massachusetts where the mouth of the Merrimac River empties into the atlantic ocean. As a young child, his love for the arts was evident. It was always writing or more accurately, words which consumed him the most. By the age of twelve, C.S. Leaf was published in an anthology and invited to read his poetry over the radio. His first collection of poems, "Lost In Hindsight" was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. This collection represents Leaf's youth and is comprised of poems written before he turned eighteen. Soon after turning eighteen, Leaf took a much needed break from writing which allowed him to pursue some of his other interests. During this time he started his career as a fine art dealer and formed his own gallery, Sylvanwillow Fine Art. Upon returning to writing, Leaf returned to the poems of his youth and revised them for today. Before he could leave them behind, he had to perfect them. There was a definite necessity in doing this work. Once the collection was completed, Leaf grew leaps and bounds as a poet almost overnight. Finishing "Lost In Hindsight" was like opening the flood gates of Leaf's creative mind. LOST IN HINDSIGHT, was nominated for the 2008 DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE, and the 2009 Pulitzer in Letters.
Currently, C.S Leaf is attending Goddard College in Vermont. He lives In Lowell, Massachusetts wife and two-year old son, on the banks of the same River Leaf spent his childhood. Leaf and his wife founded Anamorphy Press and Anarcho-Syndicalist Publications-a small academic letter press and publisher.
Leaf continues life studies of Literature, Arts, Humanities and Sciences at home, and under the advisement of the charmingly talented writer, social scientist, and Aids Activist, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco (recent works) Killing me Softly: Morir Amando & Flesh Wounds and Purple Flowers.
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I am also working on finding a publisher/agent for further publications both completed manuscripts and others in the workings.
LORD TIMOTHY DEXTER A Little known writer and THE true father of American Literary Independence, Oliver Wendel Holmes(Emerson's Biographer) sates the following in "Over Tea Cups"
I am afraid that Mr. Emerson and Mr. Whitman must yield the claim of declaring American literary independence to Lord Timothy Dexter, who not only taught his countrymen that they need not go to the Heralds' College to authenticate their titles of nobility, but also that they were at perfect liberty to spell just as they liked, and to write withouttroubling themselves about stops of any kind. In writing what I suppose he intended for poetry, he did not even take the pains to break up hislines into lengths to make them look like verse, as may be seen by thefollowing specimen:
WONDER OF WONDERS! (by Lord Timothy Dexter)
How great the soul is! Do not you all wonder and admire to see and behold and hear? Can you all believe half the truth, and admire to hearthe wonders how great the soul is--only behold--past finding out! Only see how large the soul is! that if a man is drowned in the sea what a great bubble comes up out of the top of the water... The bubble is the soul.
From the early years:
I began with Robert Frost, Phillip Levine, Anne Bradstreet, J.R.R. Tolkien's poetry and Shakespeare at six yrs old. At twelve I joined the theater to perform his works. I had a very hard time reading novels, due to word blindness caused by a later discovered tumor of the brain, this malady forced me to see the written page as a single picture and all at once instead of each word, because of this, I mainly read poetry. I began reading W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot and Robinson Jeffers, due to Joseph Campbell's praise of their works. I was soon seduced by these three poets and read there collected works over and over during the next 10 years, Eliot gained my particular interest.
Other Major Influences
Louise Ferdinand Celine
Poems in next "Guideword" -2009. Guideword is a Liberal Literary Arts Journal and a division of Goddard Colleges BFA creative writing program. Featuring original fiction, memoir, poetry essay etc..
Anamorphy a Journal - 2009
Article on William S Burroughs - Reality Studio, realitystudio.org -2009
Finishing Line Press
Palindromes & Anagrams
Claude Shannon's - Theory of Communication, Markov Chains, Poetry as collage
an interchangable book codex
top five nonprofits
1) Ubu Web
2) New Voices Theater Ensamble- Peter Berkrot and Karen Lund
3) Theater in The Open - Newburyport MA...
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