It’s rare for poetry, in a genre full of words on love and war, to glimpse the world through an intensely academic and curious mind. Dr. Charles Alan Long studied and traveled more than 60 years around the world writing scholarly articles and unpublished poetry. At the age of 80, he has collected a life work on poetry with romance galore and thought-provoking philosophy.
Poems of Charles Alan Long, produced by FriesenPress, is a compilation of poems written by Professor Emeritus Long, reflecting a long academic career with many historical and lyrical expressions hidden by layers of research and teaching. A chronology of sorts, it begins in Dr. Long’s youth in college more than 60 years ago, and continues until the age of 80 – glimpsing life as a teacher, professor of research, museum director, soldier, philosopher, critic and member of a progressive family. This is the poetry of an evolutionist, ecologist, biblical critic, naturalist and offended American who vehemently challenges the sudden rise of marijuana, political rhetoric, usury beyond decency and by liberals and conservatives alike the erosion of personal liberty, especially of speech and universities. But the poems, from laments, to loves, to joy, to pathos and death, poverty to wealth, nature and art are presented in almost musical sadness or joy.
Poems of Charles Alan Long is available for order from most online bookstores such as the FriesenPress Bookstore, Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and Barnes and Noble. The ebook edition is available for order from GooglePlay, Kindle, Nook and iTunes.
Long is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he taught Mammalogy and other courses, and curated the extensive mammal collections. Until recently he served as President of the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (Athens). He taught at Kansas and Illinois prior to moving to Wisconsin with his deceased wife, Claudine. They raised a family in Stevens Point and on Washington Island.