From the end of the war in Vietnam, through the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War, the world transformed many times over and carried me with it. As I went through those decades, these poems rose to the top and I wrote them down. I discovered my family history and roots through the Frank family reunions in the late 1980s and through discovering and then adopting the website Richards Cousins created by my cousin Rose Richards back in Minnesota.
Refusenik, the main poem of the chapbook
Refusenik, the main poem of the chapbook, reflects the awareness that came out of my explorations of my ancestors. Now, decades later, retired from the trades, active as a publisher, I put these nine poems together as Estuary Press Chapbook No. 1. I would never have done this without the encouragement of Nina Serrano whose poetry inspires me and whose love lights up my life.
The poems in the volume are
Secrets in my neighborhood
Predilection for Dereliction