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Introduction

I was born in the January of 1930, just as The Great Depression was getting underway. Nevertheless, my childhood memories were as if from a Golden Age. When I was very young I was fascinated by maps, and Geography was my favourite subject in school. When I was eight years old I could draw, freehand, a map of Europe, and could also do North and South America.

This love of Geography was a prelude to my early onset of wanderlust. I was always running away from home, not so much as an escape but as a running toward The Unknown. I was always driven by curiosity for different places. I had always been puzzled and fascinated by boundary lines and frontiers. I'd marvel that a language could stop short of an imaginary line and another start up on the other side.

I became a compulsive traveller, and I joined up with the US Air Force two times. I was able to see most of the world. At last, I went to University, and took courses in varied and unrelated subjects, at last getting a degree in British Literature of the 19th Century. After my student days, I went to work as a scientific illustrator for James Van Allen, the famed discoverer of the radiation belts round the world which are named for him.

Late in life, I became a poet, almost unexpectedly, and wrote poems in whatever spare moments that came my way. I hadn't published a poem until I was in my mid forties, and, after several years of rejection slips, I started to fly!

After retiring from my "day job" I accidentally fell into a new career in television. I have become the host and producer of a show on one of my local cable channels called The Poets' Corner. This is a whole new vista for me, and I'm absorbing more new knowledge and experience than I ever have before. I'm now convinced that this is where I should have started in life!

 
Books of Poetry

Twelve Plus 2
Prosopopoeia Press; 1974
12 pp. 2 Drawings

Donnelly's Beverage
Left Bank Press
1976, 51 pp.

 

 
 

France Poems
Left Bank Press
1977, 43 pp.

 

Longitudes
Carmine Creek Press

1999, 51 pp.

 
 

Homeless at Home
First Books Library

2001, 142 pp.

 


List of Publications

My poems have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies, and newspapers. Here is a list of publications, both on paper and in cyberspace:

 
Books :

Twelve Plus Two

Donnelly's Beverage

France Poems

Longitudes

Homeless At Home

 


Collections Online :

  Allpoetry.com

  Field of Poems

  Poemics

  Six Poems by John Birkbeck

  Donnelly's Beverage

  Webstatic

 


Anthologies :

 Treasure The Moment

A Few Precious Thoughts

In Situ

Lyrical Iowa

The Golden Wings

The Swarm (Sponsored by The Bee Hive)

A Celebration Of Poets (The National Library Of poets)

VOiCE Anthology

The Still Horizon

 


Periodicals :

0411.78

16 Renford Road

100 Words

Adagio Verse Quarterly

AllPoetry.com

Arcanum Café

Ariga

A Writer's Choice

Bardsong

Bay Review, The

Bee Hive, The

Beyond The Pale

Bikwil

Born Magazine

Buzz Flash

Calliope

Carnelian

Caught In The Net

Choice

Circle, The

Clean Sheets

Coffee Shop Times

Concrete Wolf

Contemporary Review, The

Contortionist

Cotworld

Courier Tones

Creative Reading Series Magazine, The

Daily Iowan, The

Dandelion

Deep Underground

Dead Letter Office

Dead Mule

Denver Syntax

Diary Of A Mad Poet

Digizine

Dreaming Pool

Echo Magazine

Eloquence

Entropy

Fact of the Universe

Flipside

Free-1.com

Free-Flowing

From The Window

Full Circle

Glass Cherry, The

Gulley's Wall

Hoursbecomedays

House of Poetry, The

Hunger

House of Poetry, The

Ibbetson's

ilovepoetry.com

Involvement, The

In Situ

ken*again

Kota Poetry Journal

La Tribune de Libre Expression

Left Bank Review

Little Brown Poetry

Little Village

Lucid Moon Review

LyricZ

Main Street Rag

Main Trend

Me Too

Moria

Mungo vs. Ranger

My Web Press

Naked Poetry

Nepenthe

Neurotic Buffet

New Pioneer, The

New Works Review

Norfolk Poets Society

Not Suitable For Print

Now Here Nowhere

Oddities Compiled

One Town Folio

Outsider Ink

People Watcher, The

Perigee

Pith

Poem Box, The

Poemics

Poèsie.Com

Poetic Link, The

Poetic Review

Poetism

Poet's Haven, The

Poetry Of The Month

Poetry Box, The

Poetry Motel

Poetry Soup

Poetry Super Highway

Poetry Today

Portrait Magazine

Potpourri

Prairie Grass

Punk Debris

Rattle

Real Eight View

Rhinosplode

Riverbabble

Sabine Magazine

Seattle Liberal Arts Review

Skam

Small Press Review

Snakeskin

Spectator, The

Spirit That Moves Us, The

Spyder's Graffiti Empire

Star Rising

Starlight Café, The

Still Horizon, The

Stupid Poetry

Sympathetic Ink

Syntax

Taverner's Koans

Thunder Sandwich

Tintype Review

tsunumi

VAR Magazine

VOiCE

Webstatic

Window

Words On A Wire

Writer's Block

Xero

Ygdrasil

Zygote In My Coffee

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JRB
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