Author Derek Walker Shares a Collection of Quirky and Curious Verse, 1941-2011

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New book reveals a poetic commentary on life that will engage readers

In the 1960s, author Derek Walker’s daughter became the real inspiration for this collection of verse. Instead of his reading her a bedtime story, she wanted to exchange verse. This exchange went on periodically for several years, leading to his adopting verse writing as a diversion from the rigors of his science-oriented life. Quirky and Curious Verse, 1941-2011 is the product of this diversion.

This eclectic collection of verse originates from short “school essays” found on the back of drawings made in 1941. These were later transposed into verse. Most of this compilation was written subsequently on aeroplanes and trains while travelling. These poetic works provide a commentary on life, sometimes wistful, sometimes amusing, sometimes irreverent, sometimes critical, sometimes educational, and sometimes imaginative and uncouth.

The author “hopes that readers of this wild, chaotic, and mostly lighthearted collection, will find something amusing and of value.”

Quirky and Curious Verse, 1941-2011 ranges from observations on the funny side of life to childhood memories, to railing against bureaucracies and man’s ethics and morality, to lauding extraordinary achievements, to fairy stories, and an attempt to explain nature’s major forces to young people.

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About the Author
Derek Walker was born and educated in Yorkshire, England. After graduation from London and Leeds universities, he worked in Britain’s Atomic Weapons Research Establishment before moving to more humane employment, mostly in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry in Britain and the United States. He has lived in the United Sates for the last thirty-six years. From time to time throughout his working life, he wrote verse on an eclectic range of subjects to relieve everyday stress. Many are reproduced in this book.

Quirky and Curious Verse, 1941-2011 * by Derek Walker
Publication Date: November 18, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 122 pages; 978-1-4653-7631-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 122 pages; 978-1-4653-7632-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-7633-6

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