Tackling topics such as love, everyday life, and his experiences in the Vietnam War, adjunct professor Dr. Warren Hope will be reading his poetry at a free event hosted by the USciences Department of Humanities. The reading, in celebration of his new book First Light & Other Poems, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. in Wilson Student Center Room 209 and is open to all.
First Light & Other Poems was released on Sept. 26 and consists of a collection of more than 40 poems ranging length from two lines (a couplet) to 15 lines. When asked about the inspiration to write the book, Dr. Hope said he had a hard time pinning the inspiration for his poems down, but he said it is a “psychic disturbance” that moves him to write.
Dr. Hope was born and raised in Philadelphia. Prior to working as an adjunct professor, he has worked in a variety of jobs including a stint as a helicopter medic for the U.S. Air Forces during the Vietnam War. After the war, Dr. Hope later attended Temple University and settled into a publishing and public relations career after graduation. This was also around the same time his poems began appearing in several small magazines and pamphlets. Dr. Hope’s first book-length collection, Adam’s Thoughts in Winter, was released in 2000. He also wrote and edited a biography of Norman Cameron, the British poet and translator.
At the event, Dr. Hope will be reading poems from his new book as well as select pieces from his older work.
“I want to show that my collections of poetry are interconnected and reading from past collections is a great way to show that,” said Dr. Hope. “The American poet Edwin Arlington once said, ‘the height of ambition is to try and lodge a few lines where they will be hard to get rid of.’ I hope people will enjoy hearing the poems and find that a few of them or at least a few lines from them stay with them and prove to carry with them pleasant associations.”