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Richard Edward Noble was raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He attended St. Rita's grammar school in Lawrence, Central Catholic high school also in Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and Merrimack College in North Andover.
His mother and father and grandparents - on both sides of the family - were Lawrence textile workers.
Richard lived in Lawrence until the age of twenty-seven and then migrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he met his wife Carol. Richard and Carol have been a team for over thirty-five years.
Richard has been a truck driver, a butcher, a boner, a breakdown man, a dishwasher, an oysterman, a fruit picker, a restaurant manager, a chef, a small butcher shop owner, a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman, a fry cook, a broiler man, an expediter, a restaurant line boss, a hole digger, a swill collector for a pig farm, a raw bar man, a sous-chef, a tomato sorter, a sander in a spray paint factory and the owner/operator of an ice cream parlor and sandwich shop in Carrabelle, Florida.
These experiences and many more were published in "Hobo-ing America" - a workingman's tour of the U.S.A. and other works by this author.
Richard is now retired and working as a writer. He writes fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
He published a column in a local newspaper. In 2007 he received a first place award for humor from the Florida Press Association for this column.
Richard has a variety of interests - philosophy, history, politics, the American and world labor movements, economics, poetry, music, biography, autobiography and the unique history of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Talking to Myself
The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington
Richard Edward Noble
I don't think I could have come up with a more appropriate title for this book of poems than, "Talking to Myself."
Most of us aspiring poets have no audience. So, in actuality, our efforts are basically conversations with ourselves.
The majority of my years of writing and composing have been poetry.
For a time in the beginning, I did hope to be discovered and published one day by a big name publisher - but that dream eventually faded.
I then consoled myself with the fantasy that after I died someone would discover what a great poet I was and I would be famous posthumously.
This was consoling - but not too much.
I spend a lot of time talking to myself and I always have. My wife often elbows me in the ribs and asks, "Okay, where are we now and what are we doing?"
She knows when I'm talking to myself but not what my conversations might be about.
She's working on that though.
I consider talking to myself, my thinking process. This is how I form my ideas and opinions. This is how I learn. Writing is merely the extension of this silent thinking and talking.
This volume has no structure or theme. It is just a basket of random poems written about anything and everything. It is intended to be a bedside book. I expect the reader to read one or two poems each evening and hopefully get something to think about out of the experience. Often there is more thought in a tiny poem than can be found in many lengthy novels.
This is my third volume of poetry. I think it is a good one. I hope you all enjoy it.
It's been fun.
- Publication Date:
- 1491045515 / 9781491045510
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Poetry / American / General