If you are reading Ray’s poetry for the first time, I would like to offer a few lines of alleged insight. You will find two or three new poems per page, but sometimes up to six! Some are similar and the themes – comments on life, war, governments, the homeless, the underdog, the environment, acquaintances, baseball, friends, writing poetry and especially the infirmities old age, and also Mother Nature just outside his side door of his kitchen on Baby Point Road where he sits every day at the age of 87 and writes his poems every day. Some poems in this book were composed in November 2008.
Ray writes with the assistance of a C.N.I.B writing template in successive notebooks. These notebooks are transcribed by Donna Dunlop and passed along to me on disk.
Beware of the charming simplicity of his writing! Don’t look for a double meaning in his writing and certainly don’t try and complicate the message which you will receive with a less than 30 second read of an individual poem.
Read a dozen poems, and I am confident that you will find, as I have found countless times in preparing this collection, that Ray has something to say, and he will influence your thinking with a poem that sneaks up on you with a profundity that will pleasantly surprise you. Contemplate and savour this kernel of wisdom in your mind’s eye for a moment, and then read another dozen or so, and then – the same thing happens once again. — George A. Vanderburgh, Lake Eugenia, December 2008
The first two volumes appeared in 2008, and the last two appeared in 2009. More details available on the website.