Roy William Gotaas

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I started writing at the age of 11: poetry mostly. Published in my late teenage years: stopped submitting when I realised how much was hormonal breast-beating and how little was from experience... but continued to write.
Over the years variously visited/ worked in some 25+ countries.
An unhappy and creatively barren marriage (except for two lovel ...

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Dark Glasses

Shield yourself -
Lead or carbon-fibre, some such
Impenetrable mask,
Black blank glasses:
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2.
Correspondence Interrupted

CORRESPONDENCE INTERRUPTED:
if you should stop writing now:

I have sat long in cold, quiet darkness,
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3.
How Wrong Can One Man Be?

Judging by the average:


I thought I was tall enough -
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4.
I Have Words

For that I have words
You shall not see my work:
Buried my bone in the wide flower-garden
Under the rose-petals and rotting leaves.
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On Shakespeare's 'The Passionate Pilgrim', Stanza 12

Ideally, dear reader, you need the text of 'The Passionate Pilgim', Stanza 12, in front of you as you read this. If you can't find a copy, message me and I'll send it to you.

You’re wrong Will: you who only ever cloak your truthes
With tact toward your proud and spinster Sovereign.
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Romeo Della Valle 20 September 2011

Dear Sir William Gotaas, this is to let you know that I am totally impressed with your biography! By reading carefully the details given, it seems that you have being through Heaven and Hell like most of us (grown-ups) . It is also amazing how you have come a long way to pursuit your goals, educationally as well as romantically! Bravo! I can't wait to run and read your works which I image to be also impressive! I hope to learn from your knowledge and works in order for me to improve and enhance my writing! There is one thing that really caught my immediate attention about your recent comment on a poem by Andy (last name omitted) where you openly made some suggestions which I, personally found to be offensive when you posted them as a comment! It is embarrassing for me and I imagine that is even worse for young writers like Andy! This suggestions you made, I am sure were made with the intention of helping him but you have done it in a private way through messaging! God Bless You for always! Now, I am going to read your poems with a great hope in my eyes and mind! Love and Peace! Romeo from New York City! ...

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