After publishing individual poems in journals around the country for more than twenty years, I have succumbed to pressure from my wife and friends to assemble a book. Truly, I am grateful for their patient encouragement and grateful as well to the publisher. I am not old, but getting close enough to feel spurred on by some favorite lines from a favorite poet:
"An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress."
-Yeats, "Sailing to Byzantium"
My collection of poems, Hymnody of the Blue Heron, is me singing.
Kevin Hadduck has been publishing poetry for over twenty years, with poems appearing in a variety of journals, for example: Journal of the American Medical Association; Wisconsin Review, South Dakota Review, Plainsong, Prairie Schooner, The Sow's Ear, First Things, Theology Today, The Christian Century, Blue Unicorn, and others. He and his wife, Linda, live near Helena, Montana, where they enjoy a close proximity to people and to wilderness.