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Who Am I to Say Goodbye


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Who Am I to Say Goodbye by Bill Stucky
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Bill Stucky's debut poetry collection, WHO AM I TO SAY GOODBYE, contemplates experiences of transformation, growth, and loss, on the eve of his 70th year of life. In an age where there are mobile apps for meditation, and spirituality is packaged in posts on social media designed to 'get the most clicks, ' Stucky's deeply sincere, almost guileless approach to the divine strikes a pure chord throughout much of this book-reminiscent of Hafez's ecstatic poems, and Kabir's lyric calls of devotion. In that sense, many of these poems feel at home in the Bhakti movement of Eastern religious traditions -alternately meditating on both the forms and the formlessness of God, in a lifelong pursuit of knowing truth. Stucky can also be funny, though, with a sense of humor that can run the gamut from unabashedly silly to incredibly dry-and that can be seen in some of these poems too. From the book, here is the poem "I Dreamt," in its entirety: I dreamt I was beheaded and my first thought was, Not a bad way to begin my seventies. Perhaps now I will wake up and think up only great after head poems.

Author Biography

Bill Stucky began writing plays and stories when he was five, gradually adding poetry and screenplays to his literary efforts and explorations. He holds a BA in History, The Arts and Letters from Yale, and an MA in Education from Boston University. Retiring from his public life as a Stress Management Counselor and Reiki Master in his mid-sixties, he has since been focusing more fully on his writing. Bill currently lives in North Andover, MA with his Interior Designer wife, Suzanne Carver, where she endlessly models how to stay focused on what matters most in life.
Release date NZ
April 26th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Blue Dot Books
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