Over the years I’ve written dozens of poems along with acres of prose. Some of them have been published officially. But many reside in digital files or yellowed folders where they do not see the light of day.
But right now my priorities are solid. In 2014, I published The Right Kind of Pride, A Chronicle of Character, Caregiving and Community, a memoir on cancer survivorship with my late wife.
I’m now finishing work on a new book titled Rescuing Christianity from the Grip of Tradition. It is a followup to the original book on theology that I published in 2007, titled The Genesis Fix: A Repair Manual for Faith in the Modern Age. I’ve assembled that self-published book to print it again through Amazon.com, since the first 250 I produced are largely sold out. It is a treatise and a warning about the effects of biblical literalism on politics, culture and the environment. 100% of it has come true in the last four years.
When those projects are done, and I have another couple books in the works, I think I will publish the poetry and the title of the book will be Spider Husks, named after this poem I wrote before a ten-year college reunion. In the face of all this madness in the world, it somehow seems poems are the best response.
Spider Husks (On Contemplating a Reunion)
Old letters save history;
youth, plus vigor and family.
Dust jackets reconcile their fate,
and records cover passions
from baby books to pornography
in the messy ordeal that is life.
We’re cleaning; shaking off the mouse poop
to decide which box of books to keep
until one tires of trying
to sort, and one heads for sleep.
The later sight grows keener––
spotting old consonance
with long hair, bad glasses
and a college tan. It’s me.
Spiders leave husks when they die,
and what will we?
A cardboard soul filled with this,