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Poet In Love: and Other Tragedies

M.D. Brauer, M.D.

Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-145752-972-6
List Price: 20.95
Category: Nonfiction
Available: October 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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Love is the stuff of which dreams are made, and what could be more appropriate? A journalist once asked an old gypsy musician what his songs were about. His reply, “Despre dragoste,” and his tone implied “What else could one possibly sing about?” At its heart, that is the essence of Poet in Love. Poems sorted into sixteen sections, each with a brightly colored title, feature all aspects of love from delight in nature to the love of a daughter, nephew, and a friend’s little sister—who happens to return the feelings. Free verse, meter, and rhyme weave an intricate melody of feeling and emotion, showing the power of love. Love may not be everything, but as this poetry suggests, maybe it is.

M.D. Brauer spent his first nine years of life in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon the son of an Adventist minister, returning to the United States in 1966. His college education was interrupted by a tour in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean. He earned an elementary education degree and taught one year in a one-room schoolhouse in Colorado. Brauer next pursued medicine, earning his medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Subsequently he lived and practiced sixteen years in the Shenandoah Valley, before moving to Asheville, North Carolina in 2008. This is the third published book for Brauer, who also wrote Where the Dogwood Grows and Shall Die By the Sword (under the penname T.S. Beckett). His literary influences are Ernest Hemingway, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gerard Manly Hopkins, and Thomas Hardy. Brauer enjoys exploring foreign cities, rock and roll, watching songbirds, and reading good books by the fireplace.