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Jim Croteau lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his partner of 31 years, Darryl, and their two Labrador retrievers. He grew up gay and Catholic and white in the southern United States in the 1960’s and 70’s and has spent his adult life in small non-coastal cities, mostly in the Midwest. He loved his mother very much. He began writing poetry in May 2012 at first to cope with life in times of aging and then, well, he sorta caught the poetry bug. He is still working as a professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Trying to be a poet, stanza 1

This is my inaugural post on my new blog that is focused on creative writing musings as I attempt to refocus my life toward creative endeavors.  I took up poetry writing in May 2012 at a time of transition: me passing 55, just having seen my parents through the last years of their life, career ambition waning, settled into a good long-term relationship (year 27 at that time), retirement on the horizon . . .  So after sporadic journaling all my life as a creative/reflective endeavor, I decided to take on a new way to assemble life and meaning----I wanted to write poetry. More on the journey soon . . .

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