My mother owned a bookstore from 1962 to 1985 in Petaluma, California. It was called Alta’s Old Book Shop, and its value lay not in glossy modernity, but in its being a sort of dusty delivery room for the birth of ideas. It was for me, a refuge from hasty judgment, a source for answers and insights which enlarged my personal life and gave it meaning, and also generated an impulse to write.
I am currently teaching two no-fee poetry writing classes as part of the Santa Rosa Junior College Older Adults Program. They have been a joy to teach and are in part responsible for the advent of this website.
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These are poems that hold us spellbound in an ecstasy of pendulous light.—George Wallace, Writer in Residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace, Poet Laureate, Suffolk County, LI NY, author of 36 books and chapbooks of poetry.
My poetry collection: An Affront to Gravity
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