I have waited most of my life to take the plunge….It seems that I have finally accepted the reality that I do not have unlimited time to wait….the flow of life…has informed my work
Rockville, MD (Vocus) June 12, 2010
Author and poet Richard Wiener takes readers on a poetic journey through his life experiences as he shares a Sense of Time in his book published through Xlibris. Poetry enthusiasts and book lovers will no doubt enjoy this creatively delightful read.
Written over half a century, Wiener’s fifty poems narrate the stories of his life, from experiences of the stirrings of the Holocaust, to bereavement, to the exploration of the different emotions that visit the enamored heart. Indeed affirming their biographical tokens, the pieces reflect Wiener at different times of his life, early poems manifesting the insouciance of youth that gradually evolve into poetic solemnity that comes with having acquired much experience of the world. Meanwhile, each piece gradually gravitates toward the collection’s primary theme of time and change.
Wiener writes in a refined style, telling while succinct, with carefully selected words drawn from an expansive vocabulary. Despite his distinguished abilities, Wiener had refrained from publishing until now, thus the reason behind the theme for the collection.
“I have waited most of my life to take the plunge….It seems that I have finally accepted the reality that I do not have unlimited time to wait….the flow of life…has informed my work,” Wiener comments in the book Preface.
With a unique charm and bearing Wiener’s refined brand of poetics, this collection will spark the imagination and infuse the heart and senses. Sense of Time will be featured in the 2010 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in Washington, DC, which will run June 25-28, 2010. For more information, log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
Richard Wiener’s life has been a journey from victimhood to life affirmation. A child survivor of the Holocaust, he lived for six years under the Nazi regime, and, as the only Jew in his school, was harassed by his Hitler Youth classmates on a daily basis. In November 1938, his father was shipped off to concentration camp, and he witnessed the destruction of his home by Nazi thugs. A few months before the outbreak of World War II, the author escaped to England with the famous Kindertransport and, when the bombs began falling on London, he was evacuated with his school and lived for a year with an English foster family. In 1940, at the height of the Atlantic U-boat campaign, Wiener sailed for New York with his parents. After service in the U.S. Army, he worked his way around the west at hard labor jobs, then studied at Columbia and Princeton, and ultimately became an international patent lawyer. The author’s original ambition, to become a novelist, was not fulfilled. He lives in Rockville, Maryland, is divorced, and has two children and two grandchildren. He has traveled widely and considers himself a citizen of the world. In his ‘80s now, Wiener is active in The ManKind Project, a men’s organization conducting transformational trainings on four continents, as a community leader, group facilitator, and mentor. Having been honored by his German home town and having experienced reconciliation with his former Hitler classmates, he now speaks widely on that subject and conducts a workshop called The Power of Forgiveness. While the author has never experienced “survivor guilt,” he does attempt to conduct his life so as to be worthy of his survival.
Sense of Time * by Richard Wiener
Publication Date: January 9, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4500-1146-4
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4500-1147-1
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