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As Glaciers Move
Selected Poems and Prose Presenting a Progression of Perceptions
by Joseph Whitson

Overview


Other Author's Web pages: Goodreads and Readers' Favorite

As Glaciers Move, through poetry and prose, explores how a person's life experiences and observations may affect his or her perceptions of the world. This exploration (with one of the first poems written by the author) begins in 1975 and proceeds through five decades, including topics such as birth, childhood, personal growth, war, nature, depression, religion, marriage, anger and pain. How the author perceives the world at each stage in his life is not only expressed in the poems and prose but also by the subtle or not so subtle change in topics (experiences and observations).

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Description


The author presents As Glaciers Move in its entirety as a metaphor: as glaciers shape majestic mountain peaks and wondrous valleys, forces (influential persons, significant junctures and life-altering events) that we encounter in our lives shape the way we "see" or perceive everyone and everything in our world. And our altered perceptions, inevitably, affect the way we act and think.

As Glaciers Move could be the author's memoir, although unorthodox and metaphorical: the poems and prose are in chronological order from 1975 to 2017, and the book's premise is the "progression of perceptions." However, since most of the poems have several layers of meaning (literal and figurative), they may speak to the reader of his or her own life experiences. This book is laid out in three parts and does not necessarily show that the author matures (or becomes wiser) as he goes through life; instead, it presents how his perceptions of the world change as experiences and observations accumulate. In "Part One," the poems and prose are from the mid-70s to the late-80s as the author goes from being a teenager (just then noticing his surroundings and political and societal events) to a young adult (struggling or dealing with "adult" responsibilities). In "Part Two," the author's focus shifts to introspection, reminiscence and metaphysics as he encounters the inherent difficulties of work and marriage and the overall challenges in this life, this world. With "Part Three," the topics shift again (to pain, anger and especially acceptance, for example) as he enters the fifth decade of his life facing one illness after another. The final piece in "Part Three" is "The Stranger and I," a poem that delicately reveals a revelation regarding the fate of the poem's protagonist, a fitting conclusion to a book about a person's lifelong experiences.

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About the author


Joseph Whitson has been a carpenter, machinist, stay-at-home dad, college instructor, research scientist and business owner. He has been writing poetry for 42 years, capturing the emotions of his experiences and observations in his poetry, a diverse and inspirational collection. A few of Joseph’s earliest poems, for example, reflect the ravages of war from his perspective, his parent’s home in Germany in 1975, as he heard about the Cambodian genocide. Joseph has an A.A. in English, B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, and all the degrees exist in his poetry as reflections of the experiences, people and locations these pursuits and career paths provided. Joseph’s hobbies (alpine climbing, backpacking, and whitewater kayaking) are also prevalent throughout his poetry. He is now writing full-time, and his hobbies are less dangerous, such as gardening and amateur astronomy. However, even in his most recent poems and prose, there is a sense of adventure. Joseph lives with his wife of 38 years and their two cats in California. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

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Book details

Genre:POETRY

Subgenre:American / General

Language:English

Pages:124

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781543909982

Paperback ISBN:9781543909975


Overview


Other Author's Web pages: Goodreads and Readers' Favorite

As Glaciers Move, through poetry and prose, explores how a person's life experiences and observations may affect his or her perceptions of the world. This exploration (with one of the first poems written by the author) begins in 1975 and proceeds through five decades, including topics such as birth, childhood, personal growth, war, nature, depression, religion, marriage, anger and pain. How the author perceives the world at each stage in his life is not only expressed in the poems and prose but also by the subtle or not so subtle change in topics (experiences and observations).

Read more

Description


The author presents As Glaciers Move in its entirety as a metaphor: as glaciers shape majestic mountain peaks and wondrous valleys, forces (influential persons, significant junctures and life-altering events) that we encounter in our lives shape the way we "see" or perceive everyone and everything in our world. And our altered perceptions, inevitably, affect the way we act and think.

As Glaciers Move could be the author's memoir, although unorthodox and metaphorical: the poems and prose are in chronological order from 1975 to 2017, and the book's premise is the "progression of perceptions." However, since most of the poems have several layers of meaning (literal and figurative), they may speak to the reader of his or her own life experiences. This book is laid out in three parts and does not necessarily show that the author matures (or becomes wiser) as he goes through life; instead, it presents how his perceptions of the world change as experiences and observations accumulate. In "Part One," the poems and prose are from the mid-70s to the late-80s as the author goes from being a teenager (just then noticing his surroundings and political and societal events) to a young adult (struggling or dealing with "adult" responsibilities). In "Part Two," the author's focus shifts to introspection, reminiscence and metaphysics as he encounters the inherent difficulties of work and marriage and the overall challenges in this life, this world. With "Part Three," the topics shift again (to pain, anger and especially acceptance, for example) as he enters the fifth decade of his life facing one illness after another. The final piece in "Part Three" is "The Stranger and I," a poem that delicately reveals a revelation regarding the fate of the poem's protagonist, a fitting conclusion to a book about a person's lifelong experiences.

Read more

About the author


Joseph Whitson has been a carpenter, machinist, stay-at-home dad, college instructor, research scientist and business owner. He has been writing poetry for 42 years, capturing the emotions of his experiences and observations in his poetry, a diverse and inspirational collection. A few of Joseph’s earliest poems, for example, reflect the ravages of war from his perspective, his parent’s home in Germany in 1975, as he heard about the Cambodian genocide. Joseph has an A.A. in English, B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, and all the degrees exist in his poetry as reflections of the experiences, people and locations these pursuits and career paths provided. Joseph’s hobbies (alpine climbing, backpacking, and whitewater kayaking) are also prevalent throughout his poetry. He is now writing full-time, and his hobbies are less dangerous, such as gardening and amateur astronomy. However, even in his most recent poems and prose, there is a sense of adventure. Joseph lives with his wife of 38 years and their two cats in California. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

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