Our first podcast introduced you to Allie Davis, the 12-year-old poet and published author of the book, Have You Seen A Monkey Fly. This week we go back 107 years before Allie was born and discover Stan Blakeslee.
In our fourth Blurb podcast, blogger and businessman David Allen Ibsen reads from Morning Comes Again, a book designed to honor his late step-grandfather and the manuscript he spent much of his life writing. Stan passed away shortly after David was born; he would only get to know him through Stan’s poetry, photographs, and other people’s memories.
Stan was a beloved family man and a postman by trade, but writing was his thing. Not for fame or fortune, but for the pleasure it brought him. Armed with his Royal Typewriter, Stan wrote about the stuff that made life sweet in turn of the century America. Sadly, he never found a publisher willing to print the compilation of poems that stemmed from his “unusually happy boyhood.”
But the story does not end there. Listen as David and interviewer Deirdra Kennedy discuss how to creatively approach a biography, what it meant to turn Stan’s poetry into a real published book, and how the process brought the two men closer even though they never met.
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