My poems explore the themes of the emotional depths of an older man. Every day, I experience a culture that wants to hide the fact that I have the same fears and delights as everyone, no matter the age, are unsure of eventual death, have a sex life, want a different career at the end chapter. Many of these themes are hidden in our youth oriented culture and I want to drag them out to bright light, to poke fun at these tender spots. My poems fight back, not with polemics but irony and exaggeration. They tell readers what’s ahead for them, what it’s like to be viewed with all the defining expectations and limitations of what they think an older man should be, not like we are, not like I am. My poems make fun of being older, they make fun of being younger.


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