I am a retired clerical worker. I have lived in Seattle over forty years. Before that I primarily lived in Ohio and Maryland. In my spare time, I take poetry writing courses at Seattle's Hugo House.
I became interested in reading and writing poetry from hear the songs of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell in the mid to late '60s. I majored in English Literature to better understand poetry. In my late 20s, I began taking poetry workshops.
I work in both free and formal verse. My formal verse is often in a stanza/refrain structure. I have written over three hundred poem in this style. Some of them, I have had set to music by Edlee Music, a company in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Others I have set to music myself using Microsoft Songsmith.