|This is an ongoing collection that spans almost three years of writing.|
|Carol, the subject of these poems, is a young woman who commits suicide at age 22. The poems bounce back and forth through periods of her life. Although I don't believe in spirits coming back from the dead to tell their stories through unsuspecting writers, I do find it strange that I never really recall actively creating the subject matter of each poem. Each one seemed to "come to me", almost ready-made. I just put it on paper, and there it was. I have acquired a deep respect and admiration for her as I worked my way from poem to poem. Despite her growing inner darkness, Carol is intelligent, wonderfully perceptive of her surroundings, and maintains a sense of humor in even her most demanding moments. When possible, I've left the poems in the order I've written them. Maybe that's how Carol wanted her story told...|
outside Scottsdale, AZ -- Carol arrives on the outskirts of Phoenix, running away from
remembering carol - A recollection from a friend's point of view at Carol's funeral.
ledges -- If you saw the movie "All that Jazz" (1979) you may remember Roy Scheider's character metaphorically flirting with death, which is essentially what Carol is doing here.
of experience - a mentor's manifest.
to my daughter at 21 - The first of what would eventually be this collection, so it's an early effort.