Repairing Shattered Glass is a collection of poems that were written over a period of three decades, beginning when I was living in Sterling, Kansas and attending high school. The collection follows me from Sterling to my first foray into college at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kan., then to Lawrence, Kan., and the University of Kansas where I studied creative writing, and finally to Kansas City and my days working in the world of corporate marketing communications.
The unifying aspect of each stop in this journey was depression, combined with a desire to capture the larger conversations about life within a single moment, an isolated observation, or a human connection.
The cover of this collection was designed by my wife, Lisa Holmes, using two photographs taken near the farm west of Sterling where I grew up. The larger view is of the Arkansas River, which was located about a mile or so south of the house. And the inset is a sunset view taken from my childhood back porch. Kansas sunsets are some of the most beautiful anywhere in the world.