Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems is a collection of some of my poetry from my late teens through middle age. It is an eclectic mix of sonnets, free verse and blank verse that like much of my fiction deals with the duality of human nature and the transcendent, transformative power of love that can help the heart soar to the heavens and dash our dreams onto the rocks. Hope and despair, joy and sorrow, dreams and reality, and the innocence of youth rent out of us in our painful, bloody second rebirth into adulthood are rendered in the too few pages of an unremarkable life laid open.
You can download the book from Smashwords by clicking on its cover above or on the link in this sentence. The book will also be available for free download from iBooks and Barnes and Noble in a day or two, but only for the next two weeks.
If you’d like to hear my reading selections from the book, you can click on the following link (Youtube) and scroll down for some sample unedited readings.