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When I first started thinking about this book, I was not at all certain which poems I should include from my previous books. With few exceptions, I decided that I would select only those poems I personally liked. In fact, I had only scant knowledge of what others liked anyway and short of conducting some sort of time-consuming popularity poll, would never find out. Although the choice has been personal and subjective, the seventy poems I finally selected represent my best effort (over the last dozen years) to understand reality and to come to grips with it in both playful and serious ways. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed read- ing my own published poems again from a more detached perspective. Whether a new reader, or an older one already familiar with my stuff , I hope you, too, will enjoy the choices I have made.
All the new poems at the beginning of the book have been written since my wife’s death in September, 2012. As a widower, I have been compelled to adjust, to make changes, trying, in the process, to wrest new meaning from where I find myself now, living alone and starting over. Like many, I have grown up with the dictum that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. In a way, most of the new poems in the opening section reflect my effort, with much support from others, to challenge that dictum. Can this old dog, at 87 years of age, be taught? Is he learning anything new and meaningful in this, the closing phase of his long and varied journey?