The Heart and Soul of a Poet, Musician and Man, Revealed in Poetry

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New Poetic anthology, “What Made Him Sing”, unfolds to a quest of finding meaning, understanding and love

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Each person can identify with the need of finding a purpose in life. For Raymond Leo Vincent, Jr. poetry became the avenue for which he chronicled his personal quest for meaning. The late musician and poet’s triumphs, struggles and journey unfold in the poetic anthology “What Made Him Sing”.

Vincent’s life, all of 39 years, was eventful. He was born during the Second World War, found and lost love, moved across states and built his niche in different music and literary scenes. He continually honed and expressed his gift as a poet and musician before his death in 1983.

“What Made Him Sing” is an amalgamation of Vincent’s experiences and insights, all of which were harvested from a life sown with passion and talent. Published and edited by Karen M. Vincent, the poet’s sister, the collection book follows his relentless pursuit of meaning, understanding and love. Each poem forms a portrait of the human spirit as it seeks to find purpose in the midst of life’s challenges.

Breathtaking in its range of subjects yet remaining always emotionally-accessible, “What Made Him Sing” lends a poignant glimpse into the heart and soul of a poet, musician and man.

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About the Author
Raymond Leo Vincent Jr. was born during World War II to Raymond Leo and Grace Louise Vincent at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 1971, he married Judy Coble and moved to New Haven, Connecticut. They returned to Akron in the fall of 1972. After almost a year, the couple moved again, this time to San Francisco. Vincent continued to write poetry and played jazz piano with several bands. After a few stormy years of marriage, he and his wife divorced.

In 1980, Vincent returned to his mother’s home in Barberton, Ohio, where he was eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He died in August 1983 at the age of 39.

What Made Him Sing * by Raymond Leo Vincent Jr.
Poerty 1964-1980
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 111 pages; 978-1-4771-0000-4
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