Authored by Howard Richard Debs
Designed by Marian Bucataru
Gallery includes fiction, essay, poetry, original and vintage photography.
Gallery is an exhibition to explore life's journey and its encounters of all kinds along the way. The intention is to echo the energy of life and living in its myriad manifestations and the book consciously uses a bold literary architecture in the attempt." For much more insight and inside information about the book and its content visit the author's website
What they're saying about his work...
"as always seems to be the case with your poems, I learned something in reading this that I hadn't known about." --Tim Green, Editor Rattle
"You really captured the essence of the blues in this poem. It made me want to run to my mother's house and play the records she kept on the bookshelf in her living room"--Nortina Simmons, Editor Sediments Literary-Arts Journal
"a powerful lesson about the poetry of bearing witness." -- Greenwood Writer's Guild
" 'Terezin' is terrific." --Daniel Menaker, writer and editor, former Executive Editor-in-Chief, Random House
I love how you incorporated pictures. . .I am visual and it made. . .already powerful work more emotional and raw. Bravo!" -- Kristi B., a reader
"Very powerful stuff. I think it is really daring but necessary to do this kind of response to the most awful tragedy in well, human history probably."-- Alan Catlin, poet, Editor, Misfitmagazine, twenty time Pushcart Prize nominee
"Congratulations on all your work. It's very impressive." -- Jakub Nowakowski, Director, Galicia Jewish Museum KrakOw, Poland
"a very interesting and entertaining poem with a superb cadence"--Firestone Feinberg, Editor Verse-Virtual
"Your clear language and compassion deals with a struggle that most cannot voice. Wonderful job."--Shelly Blankman, poet
I found "The Watch in the Pawnshop" so helpfully evocative of a time frame in New York City in the years just before I was born. Nicely done.--James Keane, poet
"poignant"-- John Lambremont, author of Dispelling The Indigo Dream, two other full length collections, and a Pushcart Prize nominee
"There is so much to think about in your poem. I like your interesting style which is part of your unique voice." Karen O'Leary, Editor, Whispers in the Wind
"Your poems, photos, commentary are all terrific, deeply affecting. Looking forward to reading more."--Trish Saunders, poet
From the AuthorMy work was first published later in life, at age 70, to be exact; I had won a poetry prize way back when, which should have been encouraging, but I had other fish to fry.
I married, started a family, took up marketing communications and advertising -- copywriting is writing, I said to myself. I also had ambitions as a young man to write songs.
I haunted some of the same coffee houses where a fellow named Deutschendorf plied his trade, aka John Denver.
At some point, I even sent a demo tape to Nashville. Never heard back. I kept on the working man's track. No regrets.
Then the muse started gnawing at me, I started writing again. Graves said "There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either." It has paid off, not in coin of the realm, but rather in finding that my creative endeavors have moved people, have sounded at least a
few virtual chords. It has been said poetry is the music of language. If so, I do write songs. A recurring theme in my work is that enunciated in the thought of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954): "At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." My interest in this theme in general is sparked by the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926 - 2004). She had this to say on the subject:
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle,
known loss, and have found their way out of the depths."