In Search of Poetry by James L. Marshall now Released

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New book of poems reflects the author’s view of the varied nature of life’s emerging maturity

Poetry enthusiasts are in for a treat as James L. Marshall invites them to view poetry as a distillation of life’s experience in his new book of poems released through Xlibris. Readers can join him as he goes In Search of Poetry.

The title In Search of Poetry is a metaphor for the gradual emergence of the author’s devotion to expressive arts. This compilation is divided into sections which poetically reflect one’s journey through life. The first set, “Whimsy,” begins with childish results produced in first social encounters with poetry as a distinct genre and goes on to include poems from much later. “Form and Shape” gives a naive introduction to those two topics. As the author approached midlife, he began to devote poems to fuller emotional expression; some of these appear under “Feelings.” Other sections include poetic pieces touching on music, nature, philosophy, and narrative.

In Search of Poetry will be featured at the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries Book Exhibit in Philadelphia, PA on April 7-10, 2011. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Towards the end of high school, James L. Marshall’s interests were divided between music and science. His family's orientation toward the latter prompted technical studies at M.I.T., culminating in a master's degree in engineering. A career in teaching, research and consulting followed: briefly in New York, then in the Philadelphia region, where he married and settled in Swarthmore with his growing family while teaching at Villanova University. Parallel to this, however, was a continuation of early activity in jazz and classical music, on piano and later cello. Then study at the University of Pennsylvania led to a 1964 M.A. in theory and composition, and much chamber music performed and written since. Poetic effort, occasional during early years, gained momentum through setting poems to music in song and choral works. The author eventually joined Poets Walk In, a group meeting to read their own poems aloud.

In Search of Poetry * by James L. Marshall
Publication Date: April 14, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 82 pages; 978-1-4500-3749-5
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 82 pages; 978-1-4500-3750-1

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