Poems That Almost Got Away by Richard C. Richards is a collection of poems written over fifty years of his life. He wrote them when something struck him, as he tried to bring some vague experience into focus. He wanted to record what was going on in his life. In some, he just wanted to get an experience down on paper. Richard explains “Many of the poems deal with death. That is a respectable topic for a philosopher, a poet or anyone else who wants to understand this crazy disease called life, and not simply to get through it with as little thought as possible. Death is a concern, but not a preoccupation. I meet death occasionally for lunch, but we only talk about trivial things. We’re not really good friends, but we tolerate each other.”
Richards’ poems let you see the world from the poet’s perspective to some extent. Can poetry do anything other than this? If it can, he says he does not know what that “anything other” is. Sometimes he jokes. Sometimes you cannot tell whether he is joking or not. Neither can he…sometimes. Welcome!
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