SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
The overarching themes of the poems in “Night Visions” are best described by Herman. He says, “They contain dreams and visions that arise from a deep place within the collective unconscious and take form in images and words.” Herman has drawn inspiration from the people and things around him – the forces that he says have helped him to transcend the darkness within him. At their most essential level, Herman’s poems are a reflection of his journey from darkness into light.
An excerpt from “Night Visions”:
Nothing but understanding the moods we have
no understanding for a negligible divide
to get the feet in shape for the perilous
down to the end or beyond where the darkest door
leads out to the brightest plain
Herman believes readers will connect with his poetry; he feels the themes are universal. “I want readers to take a journey from darkness into light,” he says.
About the Author
Stephen J. Herman earned his bachelor’s degree in English at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he graduated with honors. He was a writing fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing poetry before relocating to San Francisco with his life partner, Michael Lipp. Herman taught a highly popular creative writing poetry workshop at City College of San Francisco for 12 years, and he moved into the administration before retiring as Associate Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance. He served on the Human Rights Commission for two years, and on the San Francisco HIV Council as co-chair for two years. Herman enjoys writing poetry, photography, traveling abroad and spending time with Michael at their ranch in Cloverdale, California.
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