TITLE: Fathers (Collected Poems 1973-2015)
RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2016
AUTHOR: Ken Koprowski
KEYWORDS: fathers, fatherhood, poetry, parenthood, wilderness, war, death and survival, love, triumph
PAGE COUNT: 66
Fathers is an inspiring, highly emotive collection of poems exploring fatherhood – its mysteries, triumphs, magic, humor, pain, and loss. In it the poet illustrates that being a Dad is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of living, and at times, one of the most frustrating -- engaging all that is human in the reader.
Fathers is an inspiring and highly emotive collection of poems spanning 40 years. Fatherhood is the inspiration for much of this book – its mysteries, triumphs, magic, humor, pain, and loss. In it the poet – an acute observer and lyrical writer – explores fatherhood from the perspective of a grandson, son, father, husband, and grandfather. His poems illustrate that being a dad is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of living, and at times, one of the most frustrating. The pages of this remarkable volume will engage all that is human in the reader.
On again, off again. Intermittent. Interminable. Life intervenes in strange and unpredictable ways – generally for the good, in my experience.
Why Fathers? The relationships between fathers and sons are among the most complex of all human interactions. They extend far beyond actual parents to the priest, teachers, neighbors, and dads of friends, and bosses males encounter throughout their development and maturation. Exploring the feelings and thoughts that infest these interactions is an amazing exercise in self-knowledge – what poetry can often do better than any other medium.
This book began more than 40 years ago with the earliest collection published as my Master’s Thesis at Syracuse University. Some of those early works are included here, with my (hopefully, readers will agree) more mature work.
I paused my poetry when my plans for an academic career morphed into a career in public relations – an emerging profession that valued writing a bit more than most poetry publishers in 1975. (This, an early lesson in financial communications.) Pursuing my writing in the corporate world engaged all of my creative and analytic skills, often depleting all of my energy and zeal for my first love – poetry and fiction.
My personal writing also took a back seat to parenting, first as a single parent, then, a father of three and now four, with nine grandchildren. But, conscious choice or not, there were no trade-offs. Being a Dad is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of living, and at times, one of the most frustrating. Fatherhood is the inspiration for much of this book.
Ken Koprowski is a poet, writer, communications consultant, and educator. His collection of poetry, Fathers – Collected Poems 1973-2015, is being published by Ravenswood Publishing in the spring of 2016. In addition to being a prolific writer, he is an award-winning creative director and producer, and photographer. He earned his M.A. in Creative Writing with a specialization in poetry and completed his doctoral coursework at Syracuse University before pursuing a career in public relations. He is working on a second book of poetry and a collection of short stories entitled Draft Dodgers.
He currently teaches advanced public relations writing and a range of public relations subjects in the Master’s programs at New York University, Iona College and Manhattanville College. In addition, he teaches crisis communication and reputation management – courses he designed -- in the MBA program and business communications at UConn Stamford.
Ken has extensive advertising, marketing and communication management experience. He served as corporate spokesperson in diverse, complex and difficult situations. Ken has written speeches for many well-known corporate leaders, annual and CSR reports, OPEDs, communications plans, ads, video and audio scripts, websites, blogs, and more. He recently edited, and wrote the introduction and chapter on using digital and social media in crisis communications for a popular crisis communications handbook.
Ken grew up in the Midwest – in Chicago and central and northern Wisconsin. For the past 40 years, he’s lived and worked in New York, southwestern Connecticut and southern Vermont. He and his wife of 35 years have three sons and a daughter, and they in turn have nine children of their own.
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