Cleaning out the closet a few weekends ago I ran across an old box, full of papers from my undergrad days. Among other things, I found some free verse I'd written around the age of twenty. Seeing these 15-20 years later — after graduating, two marriages, parenthood, a career change, etc. — was like seeing them with new eyes. They are full of angst, certainly: full of solitude, longing, and uncertainty — but also hope. Much has changed in the years since, and I've now found much of what I was looking for back then. Nonetheless, here's a piece of someone I once was. — John Kerl, Feb. 2006.
Sep. 2006 — There are now some ongoing newer items. These are not about youthful angst anymore. In my technical writing at work, and when I talk, I often try to find clarity in verbosity. Here, by contrast, I’m looking for clarity in brevity: I enjoy finding a few dozen carefully chosen words which express an idea or capture a moment in time.
|Night||Porchlight / Shades of Grey / Not Much|
|Changing Majors||Storm / Math|
|Wanting||Breathless / Simplicity / Foreign / Muted|
|Losing||Proposition / Haze / Stop Sign|
|Finding||Gravity / Eye to Eye / Wakefulness (Orionids)|
|Flying||Cocoon / Nomad / Inheritance / Tangle / Issues|
|Chance||Complexity / Odyssey / Gyre / With Apologies to Frank Drake / Touch / Cut-outs / Algernon / Seasons|
|On Foot||Storm Part Two / Under Stars at Night (Orionids Part Two) / Sunrise / Relay / Morning Jog|
|Turns||Photos / Ends / Sunrise / Athrum / Orionids Part Three / Meteor Shower Part Four / Meteor Shower Part Five / River Gods|
|Confidence||Patience / Handmade (Cocoon Part Two) / Morning / Morning Part Two / New / Belongings / Evening / All Aboard|
|New York||Centuries / Wagons East / Morning Jog|
|Favorite sequence:||Wakefulness (Orionids) / Under Stars at Night (Orionids Part Two) / Orionids Part Three / Meteor Shower Part Four / Meteor Shower Part Five|