the Author - Nicholas Gordon
by Nicholas Gordon
Born in 1940 in Albany, N.Y., but have lived in New York City or
its environs for most of my life. I am married, with three adult
children. I have a bachelor's degree in English literature from
Queens College, CUNY, and a master's and doctorate in English and
American literature from Stanford University. I am retired. For
much of my working life, I taught English at New Jersey City University.
began writing poetry seriously in the early 1980s, mostly to celebrate
family occasions. While on sabbatical during the academic year 1997-98,
I decided to expand the feelings and experiences on which my poetry
is based by starting a Web site that would invite visitors to request
poems. The inspiration for many of the poems on this site comes
from those requests. Eventually, there were so many requests that
it became impossible even to open all of the email, and so I had
to delete the invitation from the site. But the impetus for many
of the poems on the site remains my desire to be a voice for those
who want their thoughts and feelings turned into poetry.
is why my poetry is written from so many points of view and expresses
such a variety of philosophies and life experiences. My own thoughts
on the matter are summed up in Rule 4 of "Rules of a Skeptic": "The
only way to see something whole is from several points of view."
life has been full of the usual changes, disappointments, disillusionments,
passions, mistakes, hopes, joys, ecstasies, and sorrows. I was born
a "Red Diaper Baby"; that is, into a second-generation American
Communist family. Disillusioned early with any ideology or dogmatism,
I turned to music, studying at the School of Performing Arts and
the Juilliard School of Music. But my hunger for ideas was stronger
than my love for music, and so I went to Queens College and majored
in English and creative writing.
too early, in midlife I went through a divorce, with all its attendant
emotional and financial difficulties. I have worked at many odd
jobs to try to make ends meet, including a waiter, a shipping clerk,
a moving man, and a New York City cab driver. Now in retirement,
married happily again, I can recollect my own life in tranquility
and, I hope, find some words as well for the lives of others.
For more love
poems by Nicholas Gordon, you can visit Poems
by Gordon, Nicholas.
Back to Love
little journal of love is now available for your free download.
We would like
to thanks Gordon, Nicholas for his kind generosity in allowing us
the privilege to share his wonderful poems with friends of Loveletterbox.