Award-winning Poet Harry E. Gilleland, Jr Announces Publication of His Fifth Poetry Book, Which Is Entiled “Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy”

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The poetry in “Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy” addresses a wide variety of subjects and is written in various formats or styles, including rhyming storoems (story-poems), acrostic poems, political poems, and free-verse poems. These storoems and poems offer the reader many hours of reading pleasure and will engage his/her emotions and be thought-provoking and entertaining.

Award-winning poet Harry E. Gilleland, Jr has entitled his fifth book of poetry “Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy.” The poetry in this collection of one hundred storoems and poems is accessible to all readers, being easy to read and understand. These poems will entertain readers, either by being thought-provoking, emotionally-engaging, or amusing. Seventy-five of these poetry pieces address general topics, such as Nature, daily life, and remembrances, whereas ten poems deal with issues associated with the elderly and fifteen poems are political works written with Gilleland’s liberal viewpoint. Dr. Gilleland is confident that most readers would enjoy reading his poetry, even those readers who claim they do not like poetry.

The poetry in “Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy” addresses a wide variety of subjects and is written in various formats or styles, including forty-three rhyming, five acrostic, and fifty-two free-verse poems. This book contains the poetry written by the author between January of 2012 and June of 2017. These 100 storoems and poems address a variety of topics, including subjects affecting being elderly (ten poems), political matters viewed from the author’s liberal outlook (fifteen poems), as well as other subjects (seventy-five poems) from Nature to TV designing shows to general aspects of life. The tone of various poems ranges from somber to downright humorous. This poetry captures the author’s reflections on many aspects of daily life, from running errands, taking photographs, facing one’s mortality, parenting, childhood memories, Christmas ornaments as a tour through life, watching ‘Wheel of Fortune’ with a good puzzle solver, the effects of designing TV shows, aspects of Nature, America’s cultural history, the perils of being elderly, and dealing with Trump as president. Readers of all ages will find subjects of interest to them, from small daily events to life-changing national issues.

“Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy” is the fifth published collection of Harry E. Gilleland, Jr's personal poetry. The print paperback 222-page book in 6" x 9" format is available through

Author Bio: Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. is a poet and a novelist. He is an elderly (72 years old), liberal Democrat, born in Macon, Georgia and currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana (since 1975). He received three degrees from The University of Georgia in Athens (B.S. in 1966, M.S. in 1968, and Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1973). Harry served three years as a captain in the U.S. Army, including a short tour in Vietnam. After receiving his Ph.D, he traveled to London, Ontario, Canada for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Harry returned to the South in 1975 to escape the frozen North and to join the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. As a professor Dr. Gilleland taught medical and graduate students and performed vaccine research until he retired in 2004. Following retirement as a scientist, Harry turned to creative writing as a poet and a novelist. Harry served three years as Editor-in-chief for 4RV Publishing. He has an on-line presence as a poet at several poetry sites. Harry has been quite happily married for over thirty-one years to his wonderful wife Linda. Between them they have four children and five grandchildren at present. He has now published five collections of his poetry as books. Harry is known for the rhyming storoem poetic format he pioneered. In addition, Gilleland has published six fiction novels to date.

Title: “Poetry by an Elderly, Liberal, White Guy”, September, 2017, released through CreateSpace, ISBN-10: 1547255757, ISBN-13: 978-1547255757.

Price: Print paperback book at = $10.84.

Author: Harry E. Gilleland, Jr

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