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  • Newfound Poets 2011 - Shadows of Water, a collection of Poems and drawings
  • Newfound Writers 2012 - Angles of Life, collection of poems, prose and drawings
  • Newfound Writers 2013 - Hills of Light, poems, short stories, legends and historical sketches
  • R.W. Collins - Responses - a collection of poems stretching from 1969 to 2008 in response to celebrated poet William Bronk
  • Newfound Writers 2014 - Valley of Ice, a collection of poems and essays
  • Found There the collected poetical works of R. W. Collins.
  • Letters to Ezra by Guy B. Stiles
  • Walking on the World the collected poetical works of Guy B. Stiles
     

 

Shadow-of-Waters-CoverNewfound Writers, Volume 1, Shadows of Water is the first of a  series of books featuring the writers and artists of the Newfound Lake valley. All contributors come from the four towns that border Newfound Lake, located in New Hampshire. The four towns are Hebron, Bridgewater, Alexandria and Bristol.

The poets included in this book run the gamut from a pre-teen, to retired teachers, a retired scientist, business people and a camp director. The poems range from freestyle, to the haiku. The topics include beauty, death and religion among many other thoughts.

The poems were selected based on writing quality, not content. Some contain thoughts that readers may find disturbing, and others may move you to tears.

A poem is a concentrated way to convey an emotional feeling or intellectual thought, and the poems contained in this book fulfill that description.

 

Angles-of-LifeNewfound Writers, Volume 2, Angles of Life is the second of a series of books featuring the writers and artists of the Newfound Lake valley. All contributors come from the towns of the Newfound Lake valley, located in New Hampshire. The towns are Hebron, Bridgewater, Alexandria, Groton and Bristol.

The writers included in this book run the gamut from a teenager, to retired teachers, a retired scientist, business people and a camp director. People in high school and those with a Ph.D. The poems and prose range from freestyle, to ballads. The topics include love, beauty, death, living and religion among many other thoughts.

The selections were based on writing quality, not content. Some contain thoughts that readers may find disturbing, and others may move you to tears.

A well written work can convey an emotional feeling or intellectual thought, and the visions contained in the written works within this book fulfill that description.

 

Hills-of-LightHills of Light is the third volume of the Newfound writers series. The first volume, Shadows of Water, was focused on the work of poets, and the second volume, Angles of Life, expanded the range to include prose and art. This volume includes short stories and even a historical piece.

We also have in this collection our first “spooky” stories centered around New England myth and legend. Several of the writers in this collection were mesmerized by the light and beauty and serenity found at Newfound Lake. A beauty that catches writers of all
ages, as is evident by the fact that the age of the writers span six decades.

The title Hills of Light was chosen to reflect the beauty of Newfound evenings and early morns when the light can stun you into silence.

 

Responses-cover-imageResponses is acollection of poems is thirty-one years of dialogue between the author, Ronald Collins, and celebrated poet William Bronk, and another nine years of Collins’s reaction to Bronk’s death in 1999.  They are in chronological order from 1969 to 2008. A typical scenario generating one of these poems would be Collins and Bronk sitting in Bronk’s front room sipping wine after dinner and out of the blue Bronk would ask “Collins, why chaos theory”, and away they would go down a path to mutual understanding, and leading on to more questions. Collins did graduate work in Relativity Theory and Cosmology, and Bronk knew he had an on-going correspondence with physicist Werner Heisenberg before his death, so often the talks were on items of cosmological significance.  Sometimes the poems in this collection are in response to either discussions with Bronk, or a poem Bronk wrote as a result of those discussions, but sometimes a poem of Bronk’s was a response to one of the poems in this collection. 

Responses is available on Amazon.
 

Valley-of-Ice-CoverThis is the fourth and last volume of the Newfound writers series. The first volume, Shadows of Water, was focused on the work of poets, and the second volume, Angles of Life, expanded the range to include prose and art. Hills of Light added an historical piece and this volume includes short stories and even a political piece.

The beauty of Newfound, even in winter can take your breath away.

The title Valley of Ice becomes clear if you watch a sunset over Newfound Lake in late January, when you can see scenes like the picture used for this cover

Valley of Ice is available on Amazon

 

Found-There-Book-Cover-2Found There is the collected poems of R. W. Collins. A work forty years in the making. Collins is strongly influenced by  American Book Award winning poets William Bronk and Robert Lowell. As Bronk says of this collection “I am very pleased by the poems themselves...You concede my positions and go beyond me. I am fortified by that.”

 

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Letters to Ezra cover for websiteLetters to Ezra. Initially conceived as a poem, this book, Letters to Ezra, was written by its author Guy B. Stiles as a response to his reading of The Gentle Puritan, A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795 by Edmund S. Morgan, a Yale University historian. An indirect descendant, the author first learned about Ezra Stiles from family hearsay. After reading the biography, the author, born in 1928, began to think through the idea of telling Ezra about the world he lives in here in the 20th century. This book, begun in the year 2000 is the result.

The letters reflect a 20th century look at many of the themes that concerned Ezra Stiles in his own lifetime. Stiles, himself a Congregational minister and President of Yale College from 1778 to 1795 was an 18th century American intellectual interested and also involved in religion, science, history and the politics of his new American Republic. The author of this book, himself a child of the Enlightenment which had its beginnings in Ezra’s time, offers his own way of viewing all these themes.

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WOTW-Cover-04-more-contrastWalking on the World. The complete poetic works of Guy B. Stiles spanning several decades of work. Stiles is a metaphysical philosopher poet influenced by religious, scientific and philosophical thinkers. He is in the school of Wallace Stevens and William Bronk. He is not part of academia and has been an independent thinker and writer because of that. Now in his eighties and living in Puerto Rico with his wife, Sari, Stiles has, at last, compiled his life's poetical work. See also his prose book "Letters to Ezra".

Reflections on the 1991 publication of Stile’s The Oranges from Santo Domingo:

“I was very pleased to have the book and enjoyed reading it. You write plainly and clearly with your heart and mind both in it.” - William Bronk, American Book Award winning poet

“They startle me with their insights and calm me with their profundity. I like the way he makes concentrated language feel as easy as the truest idiom. The Biblical, Greek and existential so assimilated into his awareness that they seem like just other neighbors.” - R. Ammons, National Book Award for Poetry winner

 

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