By Charles Alan Long
This publication is a compilation of poems written by way of thought through Professor Emeritus Charles Alan lengthy, that replicate a protracted profession of scholarship with many historic and lyrical expressions hidden by means of layers of study and instructing. A chronology of varieties, it starts off in Dr. Long’s adolescence in university over sixty years in the past, and persisted till he used to be eighty, as a instructor, professor of analysis, museum director, soldier, with good fortune in bio-mathematics, normal background, as a thinker, critic, and member of a revolutionary kin. a few present, useful difficulties studied from the vantage of evolutionist, ecologist, biblical critic, naturalist, and indignant American contain the unexpected upward push of marijuana, political rhetoric, usury past decency, and by way of liberals and conservatives alike the erosion of non-public liberty, in particular of speech and universities. however the poems, from laments, to loves, to pleasure, to pathos and loss of life, poverty to wealth, nature, artwork, track, and poetry itself are awarded in virtually musical unhappiness or pleasure. The historical past of an intellectual’s scholarly travels, while a few poems are for kids, a few for society, a few attacking evils, a few praising sturdy humans, with advantage even in deference to religions, many countries, and his liked native land. The poems are largely visits into nostalgia and sentiment. Cultures of many peoples in lots of countries are defined, as are many occasions in the USA. there's, after all, an American center, yet absolutely this poet loves sturdy peoples and the background of Greece, France, Scotland, Africa, Russia, and different locations. Loves real for plenty of girls encouraged many beautiful poems, loads of romance. yet profound in its argument is love for the terrible and unsatisfied humans, love for paintings, nature, philosophy, even activities, technological know-how and math, even religions. It turns into unified by means of cause, his energetic being concerned, and his bursts of making a song. a lot realization is given to geography, background, technology and nature.