Masques and Martyrs
by Paul Christopher Dean
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About the Book
I had been writing now for the past 35 years, and while that doesn’t make me some sort of expert, or authority on explaining emotions, it certainly suggests a sense of dedication to something that was incredibly meaningful to me.
There were times I almost gave it up, and there were even periods of my life where I quit writing altogether, but something always brought me back to it, again and again. I can’t really explain the passion I have for poetry, but I’ve always been grateful for the ability to look back on my experiences and admire all the lessons I have learned along the way.
I guess the one thing I learned that will never change in this journey…
My passion for writing, my desire to continue learning from those around me, and my aspiration to spread empathy to anyone who is willing to listen, and for that opportunity alone, I thank you.
Character matters, and I learned that at a very, very young age. My name is Paul C. Dean and I was born and raised in the tiny little midwest town of Donnelsville, Ohio, I've been writing poetry since I was a teenager and I've published close to 500 of the estimated 1,500 poems I've written over the past thirty-five years. Words matter, and my words are meant to evoke an emotional response to what it is we all may be going through in life. It’s not always pretty, and it may not always be appealing to everyone, but the imagery I try to conjure in my writing has saved my own life on more than one occasion, which may be the only purpose it was ever meant to serve.