Heaven's Drumhead: Poems from a Blessed Drummer

Heaven's Drumhead: Poems from a Blessed Drummer

by Herb McClees


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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Pierre Teihard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man (1955).

Herb McClees' selected poems on a variety of topics are like pieces of stained glass from a shattered window whose subject takes a lifetime to discover. Readers are invited to savor the poems and step back with the poet and imagine the restored window for themselves.

Divided in five sections: Heart, Community, Art, Being and Spirit; the poetry follows the stages of life. The drum is used as an organizing metaphor. Poems are generally less than a page in length. They are meant to be savored, read aloud and shared.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500553654
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

A Review

With the precision of an engineer and the heart of a poet, this poetry reflects a lifetime of experiences. The sequence of the poems brings a new beauty that encourages the reader to pause and consider life's experiences of birth to death and back to life. The uncanny threading of haiku here and there is an unexpected invitation to "Wait, did you see this?" or "Think of that!" The direct language and diverse forms demonstrate an intelligence and heart of the poet that makes this collection of poems a pleasure to read.
-J. Glenn Evans - poet, novelist (Broker Jim) and political activist.

The Author

Herb McClees, came to Seattle from Texas, via Singapore and Boston. He appears at local open mics and is a member of PoetsWest, Redmond Association for the Spokenword, and Haiku Northwest. His poetry performance has been selected for broadcast on KSER-FM.

Mr. McClees' poetry was first published in his 2008 chapbook: The Catch, Falling Gecko Press. More recently, several of his poems were included in Poetic Reflections at the Creekside (2013), an anthology of Northwest open mic poets.

Herb McClees was an invited reader at the Duwamish Tribe's 2013 Columbus Day First Nations Celebration.

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