Richard Quinby

Rookie (December 10,1954)

Biography of Richard Quinby

Above my computer desk where I write hangs a Charles Bukowski drawing with the quote, “These words I write keep me from total madness.” And in many ways that sums up how I feel about writing, it is not something I want to do; it is a catharsis, a way of exploring my feelings.

Born and raised in a small town in northern Alabama; I inherited a love of the written word from my mother, an English teacher. While I have been an avid reader since early childhood I did not first start writing poetry seriously until I was in my mid-twenties; even trying my hand at song writing until I decided I really did not have the ear for it. For the past twenty-five years I have been writing sporadically, mostly as a form of therapy or to share my feelings with someone.

Only recently have I begun to write with the idea of being published someday. That is the reason I have posted some of my poetry here in hopes off getting feedback and constructive criticism from others.

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Nocturnal Longings

It has become a pattern;
each night I sit here at my desk
writing,
delaying going to our
empty bed.
Finally I lay down and
read until,
eyes heavy with sleep,
the book falls from my grasp.

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