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(The Early Works - 1965 to 1980)

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I started seriously writing when I was in my mid-teens, during the tumultuous times of the 1960's. It was a time of protest, and of action and reaction. The poems reflect those times. As a teenager I became involved with many peace and civil rights organizations, learning that real life was not always the safe haven of my suburban world. My young eyes were opened to a darker side of life, and the necessity to promote change. Many of my poems grew out of that dark side, crying out at the injustice in the world.

I had idols then; Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlingetti, Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan, all influenced my work. They were fighting for change using words as their weapons. I felt the need to do that too. Actually, I couldn't help myself, the words just came. I don't think I really had any control over them. Sometimes I didn't even know what I had written until it was in finished form. It was the first passion I ever knew.

Looking back, I see that some changes have been made; but many are still a dream we have to strive for. The words will always remain though, haunting visions of a world in turmoil. Though the poets may die, a poem is immortal. The words live on.

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