Neoteny: Poems


A writing instructor at the A writing instructor at the
University of North Florida, A writing instructor at the
University of North Florida,
definitely an inspiration to University of North Florida,
definitely an inspiration to
our students and continuing to definitely an inspiration to
our students and continuing to
be an inspiration and we came I our students and continuing to
be an inspiration and we came I
call she’s fine but be an inspiration and we came I
call she’s fine but
has never stopped her from call she’s fine but
has never stopped her from
being a poet a writing has never stopped her from
being a poet a writing
instructor and now an author being a poet a writing
instructor and now an author
hi, thank you for joining us instructor and now an author
hi, thank you for joining us
this morning. You you’re such hi, thank you for joining us
this morning. You you’re such
an inspiration, I’m sure to not this morning. You you’re such
an inspiration, I’m sure to not
only are students but just you an inspiration, I’m sure to not
only are students but just you
know with your writing. only are students but just you
know with your writing.
Yeah I don’t Yeah inspiration know with your writing.
Yeah I don’t Yeah inspiration
kind of a funny word, so. Yeah I don’t Yeah inspiration
kind of a funny word, so.
I just love to write and I love kind of a funny word, so.
I just love to write and I love
to share I just love to write and I love
to share
poetry with people so anytime I to share
poetry with people so anytime I
can do that and get people poetry with people so anytime I
can do that and get people
excited about writing for can do that and get people
excited about writing for
themselves that’s exciting for excited about writing for
themselves that’s exciting for
me, yes even teaching at you themselves that’s exciting for
me, yes even teaching at you
and after about 7 years now me, yes even teaching at you
and after about 7 years now
yes, I did you get into and after about 7 years now
yes, I did you get into
teaching. yes, I did you get into
teaching.
>>I always loved English I teaching.
>>I always loved English I
took an English to greet you an>>I always loved English I
took an English to greet you an
effort to the Masters a great took an English to greet you an
effort to the Masters a great
UNF. effort to the Masters a great
UNF.
>>And UNF.
>>And
I’m just loved explaining>>And
I’m just loved explaining
things to people talking about I’m just loved explaining
things to people talking about
my subject with people in I had things to people talking about
my subject with people in I had
some wonderful English teachers my subject with people in I had
some wonderful English teachers
who said hey you should some wonderful English teachers
who said hey you should
probably teach. Well then I who said hey you should
probably teach. Well then I
thought OK so I that I did I probably teach. Well then I
thought OK so I that I did I
started I’m teaching you enough thought OK so I that I did I
started I’m teaching you enough
right away. started I’m teaching you enough
right away.
>>Is it weird to now be the right away.
>>Is it weird to now be the
teacher at something you love>>Is it weird to now be the
teacher at something you love
and in teaching and that’s teacher at something you love
and in teaching and that’s
going to be different. and in teaching and that’s
going to be different.
>>I love it, I love it, I’m I going to be different.
>>I love it, I love it, I’m I
it’s what I talk about my>>I love it, I love it, I’m I
it’s what I talk about my
Friday nights I got a slightly it’s what I talk about my
Friday nights I got a slightly
above teaching so no it’s not Friday nights I got a slightly
above teaching so no it’s not
weird. I think above teaching so no it’s not
weird. I think
it’s kind of something I feel weird. I think
it’s kind of something I feel
as a vocation so it’s kind of something I feel
as a vocation so
I’m absolutely love being that as a vocation so
I’m absolutely love being that
it’s a passion that you I’m absolutely love being that
it’s a passion that you
can tell how you talk about it it’s a passion that you
can tell how you talk about it
now you actually wrote a book can tell how you talk about it
now you actually wrote a book
tell us a little bit about now you actually wrote a book
tell us a little bit about
that. tell us a little bit about
that.
>>It’s a checkbook which means that.
>>It’s a checkbook which means
it’s a short collection of>>It’s a checkbook which means
it’s a short collection of
poetry about 35 poems. it’s a short collection of
poetry about 35 poems.
Lots of different themes nature living with romance my guide living with romance my guide
dog who is generally living with romance my guide
dog who is generally
pretty popular. So I mean it’s dog who is generally
pretty popular. So I mean it’s
a short collection of poetry it pretty popular. So I mean it’s
a short collection of poetry it
represents probably about 10 a short collection of poetry it
represents probably about 10
years of poetry they’ve represents probably about 10
years of poetry they’ve
written. A lot of it has been years of poetry they’ve
written. A lot of it has been
previously published elsewhere. written. A lot of it has been
previously published elsewhere.
But some homes are brand new to previously published elsewhere.
But some homes are brand new to
the collection and as you get But some homes are brand new to
the collection and as you get
into writing poetry, I’ve the collection and as you get
into writing poetry, I’ve
always loved music into writing poetry, I’ve
always loved music
and when I discovered poetry always loved music
and when I discovered poetry
probably in school. and when I discovered poetry
probably in school.
It seems like language and probably in school.
It seems like language and
music were getting together and It seems like language and
music were getting together and
so it seem like a natural fit music were getting together and
so it seem like a natural fit
for me and then I you know like so it seem like a natural fit
for me and then I you know like
most kids I started writing for me and then I you know like
most kids I started writing
poetry to deal with emotions most kids I started writing
poetry to deal with emotions
and then I thought OK can put poetry to deal with emotions
and then I thought OK can put
you do more than that and then I thought OK can put
you do more than that
and I just became the thing you do more than that
and I just became the thing
that I always wanted to do and and I just became the thing
that I always wanted to do and
always wanted to talk about. that I always wanted to do and
always wanted to talk about.
That’s you can feel how much always wanted to talk about.
That’s you can feel how much
you love it and that passion is That’s you can feel how much
you love it and that passion is
there a single poem in there you love it and that passion is
there a single poem in there
that really you love that has there a single poem in there
that really you love that has
your heart. that really you love that has
your heart.
>>The first poem in the your heart.
>>The first poem in the
collection If you’ve ever read>>The first poem in the
collection If you’ve ever read
little women little women I collection If you’ve ever read
little women little women I
have no the first home in the little women little women I
have no the first home in the
collection is called I begin to have no the first home in the
collection is called I begin to
understand Joe March and so collection is called I begin to
understand Joe March and so
it’s about I read little women understand Joe March and so
it’s about I read little women
as a child. I went back and it’s about I read little women
as a child. I went back and
read it a couple of years ago as a child. I went back and
read it a couple of years ago
and discovered that it it grows read it a couple of years ago
and discovered that it it grows
up with you. and discovered that it it grows
up with you.
And so that poem is kind of up with you.
And so that poem is kind of
it’s not really necessarily me And so that poem is kind of
it’s not really necessarily me
speaking, but. it’s not really necessarily me
speaking, but.
It’s so a woman’s voice talking speaking, but.
It’s so a woman’s voice talking
about what it’s like to grow up It’s so a woman’s voice talking
about what it’s like to grow up
and to find out that you have about what it’s like to grow up
and to find out that you have
new feelings, new desires new and to find out that you have
new feelings, new desires new
hopes to look at your life and new feelings, new desires new
hopes to look at your life and
they want something more hopes to look at your life and
they want something more
from this. It actually was a they want something more
from this. It actually was a
finalist for the Atlantis from this. It actually was a
finalist for the Atlantis
awards that was pretty exciting finalist for the Atlantis
awards that was pretty exciting
yeah but that has never been awards that was pretty exciting
yeah but that has never been
published it did get published yeah but that has never been
published it did get published
with the award promotional published it did get published
with the award promotional
material but it’s the first with the award promotional
material but it’s the first
time in the collection and material but it’s the first
time in the collection and
probably one of my favorites if time in the collection and
probably one of my favorites if
you ever expect to write a probably one of my favorites if
you ever expect to write a
book. Yes, it. you ever expect to write a
book. Yes, it.
>>now done is exciting I’m I’m book. Yes, it.
>>now done is exciting I’m I’m
thinking about my next but I am>>now done is exciting I’m I’m
thinking about my next but I am
really excited to be able to thinking about my next but I am
really excited to be able to
hand people something and say really excited to be able to
hand people something and say
this is mine, I did this. hand people something and say
this is mine, I did this.
I’m really proud of like the this is mine, I did this.
I’m really proud of like the
cover art which came from a I’m really proud of like the
cover art which came from a
local photographer over how cover art which came from a
local photographer over how
it’s it’s very cool to say. local photographer over how
it’s it’s very cool to say.
>>This is what I’ve been it’s it’s very cool to say.
>>This is what I’ve been
working on that poetry is>>This is what I’ve been
working on that poetry is
something that you work on in a working on that poetry is
something that you work on in a
very something that you work on in a
very
serious way. very
serious way.
>>That’s amazing well thank serious way.
>>That’s amazing well thank
you so much for joining us and>>That’s amazing well thank
you so much for joining us and
it’s kind of cool, you know you so much for joining us and
it’s kind of cool, you know
your students can obviously see it’s kind of cool, you know
your students can obviously see
your passion in I guess your students can obviously see
your passion in I guess
share that with the rest of us your passion in I guess
share that with the rest of us
were very excited for that all share that with the rest of us
were very excited for that all
right one more time with the

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