Thin Wizzard Ward
About the Book
I wrote this book of pages of poetry during my upper class college years attending Portland State U. I was majoring in biology education (about 1975). But I was hanging out at what I call a salon of a friend named Elizabeth. The z’s of the title come from her name. “Thin Lizzy” was popular at the time but I didn’t want to use the whole name. So I came up with “Thin Wizzard”. Ward I suppose because everyone (especially me) abides around hospital “wards”. Also “Ward” is an ancestral name of the family, so it felt personal to me. I have written four of these books of poetry. “Poetry” for lack of a better description; pages of poetry with titles up where they normally appear in poetry, after the last line of the last page and near the top. I edited out any swear words with “bleeps”. Otherwise they are true to their original creation 33 years ago. They get shuffled around a lot: typed, punctuated in part, word processed, data processed, printed, and who knows what next! Elementally they were penned to be read. From me to you. Have fun!
About the Author
I was born in Oregon. But Dad got drafted so we lived at the various navy bases on the west coast (USA). I have 5 siblings. Camp Pendleton was a lot of fun for a bunch of Navy brats. I attended East Bremerton High School and Goethe Gymnasium in Regensburg, Germany as an AFS exchange student. I attended Portland State University earning a B.S. (Biology), an M.A.T. (Biology), a B.A. (Psychology) and a M.S.T. (Chemistry). I taught high school science in Portland, Oregon and some time in Honduras. I tried medical school several years but quit that. Now I am retired and only work part time.