Retirement Clock

By Jim Bennett

Poetry | Paperback, eBook


Retirement Clock is a metaphor: we will all be retired at some point, one way or another. The past returns as experience: meeting Gilles Villeneuve near the peak of his racing career; touching in that first, intimately-used apartment; the Dmitri Baranovski atrocity in Toronto, Canada; the American disaster of 9-11, from four points of view. If you ever wished you could go back to the lost camp, or dreaded a day of reckoning for business craftiness, or made one last snow-shoe hike, you will find that experience again here.



Time is the necessary enemy. The present is interpreted by a mind from the past. Seeing other times, and other minds, and coping is the prerequisite to write these poems. The author had a job challenging enough to keep the mind alive during business hours, but frustrating enough to make that mind set aside time to capture. Capture what? rough drafts, revisions, other writers' critisms. At one time The Canadian Representative to IBM World's Finance Application Architecture, the writer was in the twin towers. Villeneuve's autograph really is in his dresser drawer. While an executive learns from the school of hard knocks and dreads his next lesson, a poet learns from his attempts and is always trying for more. It's a lot of work to put a collection of poems together, and it's been done - pulled out of time - for your enjoyment.


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Time is the necessary enemy. The present is interpreted by a mind from the past. Seeing other times, and other minds, and coping is the prerequisite to write these poems. The author had a job challenging enough to keep the mind alive during business hours, but frustrating enough to make that mind set aside time to capture. Capture what? rough drafts, revisions, other writers' critisms. At one time...


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