'Nolo Segundo' is the pen name of L.J. Carber,73, a retired teacher. He only began submitting his poems at 70 but has since been published online/in print in 32 literary magazines and anthologies in the US, UK, Canada, Romania, and India; and in late 2020 a trade publisher brought out a collection of his poems titled 'The Enormity of Existence' [ISBN: 978-93-90202-98-0]. The title came from the realization he has had for 50 years since having in 1971 what came to be called an NDE [near-death experience] whilst almost drowning in a Vermont river: that he has a consciousness that predates birth (conception, really) and survives death. He went from being a young man who saw only matter as real, death as absolute, and--logically--therefore life as meaningless to understanding that our sentient lives are so replete with meaning that even the best of us can only understand 'bits and pieces' of it.
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