Mel's latest book, This Bank and Shoal of Time, described:
“this bank and shoal of
time..." It is said that in this line from Macbeth, William Shakespeare
was thinking about consequences to actions, and choices that affect one’s
current life--as well as our less tenuous, future life. In choosing this title
Senator continues with his consideration of how looking back informs the
present and hopefully whatever is to come. This new collection of poems is as
layered and varied as Senator’s other books, covering everything from the
foibles of age to the follies of youth, the enduring innocence and poignant
comedy of the animal world. He takes us from humor to deep terror, family
interaction to friendly intrigue. But in this new book Senator peers inwardly
even more, uncovering some pain but also finding tremendous relief in the
process. We are right there with him as he remembers young fatherhood, new
marriage, or recognizes the limitations of growing older--but regrets nothing.
Indeed, Senator’s strength as a writer springs from his flashes of
vulnerability and honesty, buffered by his courage and open-hearted nature. At
times humor and flights of fancy have the last word here. But make no mistake:
this work is a powerful current cutting through the effluvia and debris of
life, always searching for new paths, no matter where they may lead. This
delicious work should be savored in small sips, but I guarantee you will keep
coming back for more.
Susan Senator, Author
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Mel Senator retired in 1995 as House Master for Fairfield High School
. He has done a considerable amount of writing since his retirement. What follows is on the jacket of his latest book of poetry,
The Constant Floe of
. Available at:
More information on Mel's other poetry collections at:
Right from the title itself, The Constant Floe of Thoughts challenges you to see even the
simplest things in life through the prism, the old silvered looking glass, of
Mel Senator’s mind. Senator struggles
with the ice floe that is his aging self, whether approaching him threateningly,
or moving away again, a reprieve. With
crystalline imagery and delicate description, his poems lay out his aching
heart, the deep layers of love for his wife, mother, friends, children, nature.
He is both one with his surroundings and standing slightly off-center,
observing with sun-wrinkled eye. Constant Floe is sunset, the ravishing glory
of the end of things, which Senator accepts and even welcomes with reverence,
humor and affection. The Constant Floe of Thoughts is a
treasure from start to finish.
Mel Senator, author of Catskill Summers (2000), Reflections
in Haiku (2006), Soft Landings in Poetry (2009), Soft Landings in Poetry
(2011), and Soft Landings Finale (2014), is an adjunct professor of American
History and Teacher Educations. He and
his wife, Shelly, enjoy hiking and biking the shores along the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans. Summers are spent at
their home in Cape Cod near the national seashore.