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A Life: An Autobiography in Shaped Verse

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by: Ron Cook
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Publication Date: April 21, 2021
Book Size: 7" x 10"
Pages: 246
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
I dabbled with writing poetry in various forms for many years. I was not at first drawn to any particular poetic form, but I most typically wrote free verse. In about 1991, I began to experiment with writing shaped verse utilizing the lozenge form. I quickly developed a self-imposed set of rules that required, among other things, that each poem have forty-nine words arranged in a diamond shape. In each lozenge, I was equally concerned with the sound of the verse when read aloud, the creation of a vivid mental image through the words used, and the actual appearance of the lozenge on the printed page. Several of my early lozenges concerned my childhood days, and my goal then became to write an autobiography in lozenges. I have now composed over a thousand of these poems. I have sometimes made other than biographical use of the lozenge form, including combining two or more of them into narratives, plays, and multi-lozenge poems. Examples of my various uses of the lozenge form, including my creation over time of a poetic autobiography, are contained in this book.
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About The Author
Ron Cook was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1945. He grew up on farms and in a number of towns in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio. He studied English literature at The Ohio State University prior to obtaining his law degree at OSU. He served as a JAG officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam era and then practiced banking, commercial and non-profit corporation law for over forty years. While practicing law, he directed and performed with The Early Interval, a medieval and Renaissance music ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio, as well as performing as a historical harp soloist. He has frequently spoken and written about early music and instruments, as well as the performance of medieval narrative. This is the third collection of poetry that he has published.
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