Please welcome Robert Zimmermann as he makes a stop at Kayleigh's Spot during his From Where I Stand Blog Tour to talk about the his debut book of poetry.
From Where I Stand Blurb: From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.
Here's his guest post followed by a poem out of his book and a video of him reading the poem.
"Behind The Mask"
Throughout high school, I would hide in books.
It was easier to lose the world around me,
and draw into myself, than it was
to face my problems.
While Hemingway was in Africa
hunting exotic beasts on his safaris,
I was looking through the page at my bedroom,
where I spent nights attempting to sleep.
In the kitchen, my parents would argue.
Hemingway’s gun would kill another animal;
shots would ring out late into the night.
I used the stories in books as a mask.
The outside world would see a reader,
while in reality,
I wasn’t reading. I was trying to live in the pages,
but the stories of my real world wouldn’t fade away.
There was too much that I kept inside,
and I didn’t know how to let anything out.
No one wanted to listen.
My growing life’s story
The torment pushed me deeper into hiding.
When I was reading of Jim Morrison on stage,
facing the drummer instead of the crowd,
I saw myself as the Lizard King.
I was Jim. I was hiding my face from the world.
Eventually, we turned around slowly.
There was an audience eager to listen.
I withdrew my mask.
Instead of hiding behind a world of books,
I spoke out. I opened up.
I revealed myself.
My story stood naked, for all to hear.
About the Author:
Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.
When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and that have been inseparable ever since.
Giveaway ends December 9th at 12:01AM. Winners to be announced soon after they are selected.