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My Words Chill and Burn Me
The Amazing Sense of Emily Dickinson

The Interior Language of Words
Impacts and Echoes in Poetry

The Colossal Sun
Essays on Mathematics and Its Meaning in the Larger World

All in Preparation

The genesis of Lightning came from an intensive period seeing life as a series of special events - situations, dilemmas, openings. These events are like a lens through which issues of ethics, behavior, and nature are magnified. Leadership, in business and in life, conforms to natural laws, but reductionist explanations are not adequate. Notions such as Dawkins' "selfish gene" make visible only the mechanistic side of the equation. The phenomenon of lightning lasts less than an instant, like a signal from another realm--a reminder of the invisible that can illuminate and clarify our sensible world.

To create the book, Jane gave me access to all of her wonderful photographs. But it was she who came up with the cover.

Note. The author considers only some of these to be poems and most to be straightforward utterances. But words speak for themselves.
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Jane English Bio

As If the Sky Were Open, a substantial selection
of Bob Scher's poetry, was published
in January 2009 (Browser Books), 132 pp.

The first two quotes are on the back cover:

"Your poem, 'Poetry's Miraculous Workaround' is delightful. I'm happy to be in it."
                                                                                   - Richard Wilbur

"...Each of them is an act of recovery and discovery, turning on the paradoxes of
a particular ‘moment / of our vast and miniature concerns.’ Like the door in one of the
poems, they open simultaneously inward and outward on the immediacy and
momentousness of living and loving, changing and dying, sight and insight."
                                                                                   - Albert Gelpi

"Bob Scher is no stranger to the world of poetry with five previous volumes under his belt. As If the Sky Were Open" is the latest volume of poetry, touching on a far range of subjects in tones ranging from whimsical to poignant. Written by a poet to enjoy, "As if the Sky Were Open" is an entrancing round of poems indeed."
                                                                                   - Midwest Book Review

Non-bawdy or “clean” limericks, or as the author calls them, limes, pre-date the bawdy ones. Shakespeare included near-perfect limes, in form, in three of his plays. But a lime that stands alone usually demands a twist or neat turn in the last line.
Most of the limes in There's a Hole in Your Sky go beyond just being "funny."

                            There once was a robber named Time,
                            Who masked his profession in rhyme;
                                He stole through the day
                                And took it away,
                            But no one accused him of crime.

And for each lime the superbly witty and expressive drawings of Peter Szasz do more than just illustrate, they extend the verses into new domains.

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From Why I Wrote this Book...

The main difficulty with authors of how-to-do-it books is not that they are inarticulate or haven't mastered their subject. On the contrary, they're so thoroughly versed in their area of expertise that they tell me more than I care to know, and yet often they don't reveal the real difficulties (which for them do not exist)...

Includes How to: Understand Football, Make Friends with Almost Any Dog, Fix a Leaky Faucet, Paint a Room, Improve Your Pool Game, Recognize the Stars and Constellations, Get Up in the Morning, Learn a Foreign Language While You're on the Plane, Build a Fire, and 60 other surprising and informative chapters. See More

The Fear of Cooking describes how most of us actually cook. We don't follow recipes exactly and we rarely measure anything with an official measuring container. (It takes 30 seconds to learn how much a tablespoon of butter is.)

If you are going to cook, you must know something about ingredients - how they are combined, baked, broiled, or whatever, and what you can do to help these processes along. This book was created to help you cook, not just to get on with some tedious kitchen procedures. Its aim is to help you learn things while trying them, which is how most of us actually learned. And if you're a little uneasy, a little apprehensive, or lets face it, a little scared, you'll probably get the best results. See More

Golf is one of the greatest games ever played and we have all been granted this extraordinary language. But until now there was no word like handicaptive, the strange malady that keeps players at their current handicap. And where was the word like mechanosis to describe the well-known affliction causing players to try
to recall, during their backswing, all of the mechanics required?..."Is my chin up, arm straight, right knee slightly bent towards the target, early wrist cock?, etc."

Blastphemy, The New Glossary of Golf is co-authored by Tom Quarton (an avid golfer), and each word is hilariously illustrated by Peter Szasz. The book genuinely respects the game and gives players the words to describe the situations, people, and strange rules one confronts on every round. It names what actually happens.
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                                             (publication date, March 2007)