I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948, left to attend the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in 1968 and have lived there ever since. While attending UH, I was privileged to meet and study with poets like W.S. Merwin, James Wright, John Logan, John Unterecker, and others. In 1972 I discovered the poetry of Sylvia Plath, which became an important influence on my own work. From 2002 to 2007 I participated in the online Sylvia Plath Forum founded and moderated by the late Elaine Connell. I recently self-published a collection, Between Wings: poems, containing poems written over a period of 30 years. Three of those poems will be re-printed in the upcoming issue of the online journal Plath Profiles, edited by William Buckley at Indiana University.
I consider myself a lyric poet and elegist in the tradition of the Deep Image poets, represented by poets like Merwin, James Wright, Robert Bly. My discovery of Plath's poetry in the early 1970s was a major influence on my work, inasmuch as it demonstrated that one could write intensely personal lyrics without loss of artistry and musicality...in other words, without sounding like a diary entry, as so much personal poetry does.
I have recently self-published a collection, "Between Wings: poems" with the print-on-demand web site www.lulu.com. Three of the poems in that collection will be reprinted in the upcoming (August 2009) issue of Plath Profiles, an online journal edited by William Buckley of Indiana University and Peter Steinberg, Plath biographer and founder of a popular web site devoted to Plath and her work.
Besides being a poet, I dabble in photography, play the piano to relax, and am a passable portrait artist.
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