Ben Humphrey, Poetry biographic sketch: In his not so wasted youth, Ben was a river rat, a scrambler of mountains, a canoeist, back packer, and skier. The Magpie Cried, is a collection of poems that are related to his youth and was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press. Ben recently, September 2013, participated in public reading of a few of his poems in an event, “Meet the Authors” sponsored by the Alamosa County Library. One example from his book:
The wide heavy gate,
between farmyard and field, seperaated
dark native grass
from sown golden wheat.
I played on the one, swung out to the other,
on well-oiled hinges: its arch
traced a semicircle from latch post
to fence line. Where to stand?
Too far out, too fast. Two close, too slow.
At the balance point,
the longest, smoothest ride
out into the unharvested.
“Ben Humphrey.79, was recently chosen as Colorado’s Senior Poet Laureate in a national contest sponsored by the Angels without Wings Foundation of Monterey, California.” (News release from the Valley Courier September, 21, 2013)
His poems also reflect his interest in Taoism and the serenity of living at 9300 ft. in the Rockies:
“The Voice of the Tao”
Water murmurs it
in the flow of a mountain stream,
bellows the Tao in a steep waterfall.
One hears it
in the staccato on rain
falling on tent walls.
It silently announces
the muted moon
on an alpine lake.
G. Bennett Humphrey, Professional biographical resume: In his somewhat wasted youth he received a MD and PhD (in biochemistry) from the University of Chicago, a disfiguring experience that turned his head into an egg. He has been professor of Pediatric Oncology at a number of Universities. He is now writing short stories about children living with or dying from leukemia:
“Ralph” in Nurturing Paws Whispering Angel Press 2011
“Best Damn Title” in Littlest Blessings Whispering Angel Press 2012
“The Power of Persuasion” in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, Johns Hopkins Press 2013
Ben now divides his time among cycling, hiking, reading, canine care, writing poetry and completing a memoir about his first year of working on a children’s cancer ward.