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VERNON WARING : The Universe Tilts & other poems INTRODUCTION/BIO
INDEX (exact order of appearance for each poem in the four sections)
INDEX (exact order of appearance for each poem in the four sections)

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VERNON WARING
INTRODUCTION/BIO

As a child, I envisioned my name on the spines of novels. Indeed many of my earliest memories were of books and libraries.

In 1954, when I was ten years old, I became a "junior cub reporter" for the Bucks County Courier Times, a suburban newspaper located near Philadelphia. Of course we weren't reporting on "hard news," just submitting observations on a trip to the zoo or a day at the beach. I remember writing detective stories and things of that nature. And generally the feature editor published what we submitted and we all relished our by-lines.

Flash forward to 1970 when I was hired as a reporter at the same newspaper. Somewhere between my journalistic adventures, I attended Temple University and discovered poetry. Prior to that I had no interest in the subject at all. I felt it was mired in the past, overly formatted and not relevant to me at all. But in college I was introduced to contemporary poetry. Much of it confused me (much of it still does), but I discovered a more direct way to express myself...a "new-fashioned" way to engage simply with a reader. Sometimes it rhymed, sometimes it didn't; it could be formal and mannered or relaxed and conversational. The freedom appealed to me. While at Temple I began to have my poems published in a campus literary magazine as well as in some non-collegiate anthologies. From that moment on, I was hooked.

After graduation and my newspaper stint, I went on to pursue a career in advertising and public relations, but continued to follow a parallel creative path, culminating in five decades with many published credits to my name.

In addition to poetry, I have also been busy as a short fiction writer and my flash fiction submissions have been singled out for commendation in the Glimmer Train, New Millennium Writings Awards, and Soul-Making Keats Literary Competitions. The online Ascent Aspirations Magazine has also published nineteen of my short short stories over the years.

My serious poetry has appeared in such publications as The Writer, Nerve Cowboy, The Great American Poetry Show, and on the Prairie Home Companion and Ascent Aspirations Magazine web s ites. Humorous verse has been featured in the Saturday Evening Post, Asinine Poetry, First Literary Review-East, LIGHT Quarterly, and the Philadelphia Daily News. Over the years, my poems have been awarded prizes from WestWard Quarterly and WRITERS' Journal and four of my poems won prizes in the international Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Competitions featured on the Winning Writers website.

I retired in 2007 from the work world and moved from Philadelphia to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, to be closer to my family...and I continue to retain my love and enthusiasm for the literary life.

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VERNON WARING
INDEX (exact order of appearance for each poem in the four sections)

74 - the universe tilts 74 - FIVE O'CLOCK WHISTLE 75 - SHE WAITS 75 - A Father's Memory 75 - Finding Shade 76 - on the other side of the door 76 - Sunglasses at Night 77 - SIREN 77 - Behemoth 78 - PHANTOM 78 - Final Fade 79 - A Storm's Wrath 79 - Disenchantment of the tightrope walker 80 - Elizabeth's Poem 81 - On a Pier 81 - Extraterrestrial 82 - deity 82 - rebel without a clause 83 - juror number twelve 83 - Hush 83 - I don't have a poem today. 84 - A Poem About A Famous Poem 84 - Fleas 84 - My Last Poem ______________________________
COPY (CONTENT OF THE FOUR SECTIONS): Loss. Alienation. Despair. These are feelings that have plagued poets (and readers) since time immemorial. Much of my work has been consumed with these issues over the years. The first poem here is "the universe tilts"; I call it my very own 85-word autobiography.
74 - the universe tilts 74 - FIVE O'CLOCK WHISTLE 74 - SHE WAITS 75 - A Father's Memory 75 - Finding Shade 76 - on the other side of the door
Dreams, nightmares, and related imagery are frequently favored subject matter for poets... then there's that one particular fantasy poem where everything seems so daring and dangerous and sexy and... 76 - Sunglasses at Night 77 - Siren 77 - Behemoth 78 - Phantom 78 - Final Fade 79 - A Storm's Wrath 79 - Disenchantment of the tightrope walker 80 - Elizabeth's Poem 80 - On a Pier These poems explore beauty, rebellion, a deceptive juror, and a fantasy about world peace. Leading will be an entry about a man who took his dog for a walk on a pleasant autumn night...
81 - Extraterrestrial 81 - deity 82 - rebel without a clause 82 - juror number twelve 83 - Hush Poems about poetry can engage a reader. Here's one about a poet who's experiencing "writer's block." Another one's about Robert Frost's masterwork and there's a takeoff on Joyce Kilmer's renowned "Trees" as well. The final entry will be (fittingly) "My Last Poem"; there's a bit of a twist near the end. Enjoy!
83 - I don't have a poem today. 84 - A Poem About A Famous Poem 84 - Fleas 84 - My Last Poem

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

"Disenchantment of the tightrope walker," "Finding Shade," "juror number twelve," "My Last
Poem," and "the universe tilts" were originally published in Ascent Aspirations Magazine.
"Elizabeth's Poem" and "A Poem About A Famous Poem" were first published in WestWard Quarterly;
"on the other side of the door" first appeared in Nerve Cowboy.







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