Points of Interest contains poems about people, animals, relationships, life and death. The topics include growing up, getting older, dying, love and struggle. Imagine if the navigation system in your vehicle could display these things in addition to mere locations. Not just banks, stores, restaurants and street addresses, but the thoughts and lives of the people who inhabit those places. As you look at the screen it shows a supermarket, but inside, a young mother checks out her groceries and deals with her frustrations. The screen shows people in nursing homes, the ambivalence of a yard sale, a puppy in its first snowfall and a man reminiscing about all the cats he has owned in his life. Other "locations" include people dealing with grief, falling in love, divorcing, and fantasizing. Each poem is associated with the physical location of a city and state. Many of these locations represent the geographical place where the poem was actually written. In other cases the poet traveled mentally to a location and incident from his past while crafting the work. Either way, these points of interest, and the people who occupy them, are ready for you to view. Just touch the screen.
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About the Author
William Ogden Haynes is a poet and author of short fiction from Alabama who was born in Michigan and grew up a military brat. He has published in literary journals such as California Quarterly, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Front Porch Review, Full of Crow, Indigo Rising, Forge, The Houston Literary Review, Bolts of Silk, Falling Star Magazine, 971 MENU, Blue Lake Review, Amarillo Bay and PIF Magazine. In a prior life he earned a Ph.D. in communication disorders, taught speech-language pathology at Auburn University for three decades, authored six major professional textbooks and published 50 research articles in scientific journals. Points of Interest is his first collection of poetry.
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A wonderful thing about good literature is that the writer transports you to a different world through the eyes of a different person. As you read a poem from “Points of Interest” by William Ogden Haynes, you wear another’s clothes, think another’s thoughts, and become another person. Perhaps you are the man whose mind lives in World War II and whose ninety-year-old body resides in a rest home, perhaps your home has been destroyed by a Tuscaloosa tornado, or perhaps you sit on the front porch and wickedly daydream of spectacular ways to leave your wife. These poems are good literature, and Haynes is a gifted writer. Enjoy.