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Harley King

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During his more than sixty years on this illustrious planet, Harley King has been gainfully employed as a carpenter, street sweeper, car hop, corn detasseler, hospital orderly, radio announcer, book editor, publisher, freelance writer, bus driver, sports writer, bookkeeper, policy and procedures writer, forms designer, marketing vice-president, corporate executive, professional speaker, facilitator, salesman, trainer, organizational development consultant, ad writer and communications executive. Some jobs he has held for a whole day and others he has held for years. He has also had more than thirty different bosses.

Harley holds a B.A. degree in English, a M.A. in the School of Hard Knocks and is working on a Ph.D. in the Survival of the Un
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Harley King I don't suffer from writer's block these days. I can sit down almost anywhere with a pad and pen and start writing. I can write in busy shopping malls…moreI don't suffer from writer's block these days. I can sit down almost anywhere with a pad and pen and start writing. I can write in busy shopping malls with people walking all around me. I can write in grocery stores while my wife is shopping. I read the book, Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg over twenty years ago and it changed my writing. I got rid of the editor in my head.(less)
Harley King The joy that comes when the words are flowing onto the paper. Creating a poem makes me feel good. The sense of accomplishment when I finish a poem.…moreThe joy that comes when the words are flowing onto the paper. Creating a poem makes me feel good. The sense of accomplishment when I finish a poem.(less)
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This is a photo of my maternal grandmother taken in the early part of the 20th century. I remember hearing a story about my grandmother when she was a teenager. She and a cousin snuck out of the house early one morning and went riding on horses. My grandmother was thrown from the horse and broke her leg. Rather then tell her parents, she limped back to bed and pretended to be sick. It took two... Read more of this blog post »
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A Mother's Grief (Poetry)
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Description: A companion poem to A Father's Dream. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh painting.
Family Dreams (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A story poem about three generations of family dreams.
First Love (Poetry)
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Description: Story poem remembering first love
A Father's Dream (Poetry)
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Description: A poem inspired by the painting,The First Steps, by Vincent Van Gogh
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Description: A healing poem on the death of a father.
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“Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.”
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“We fear what we most desire.”
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“Reading haiku is as much an art as writing it. The reader needs to pause and listen to the silences, to feel the spaces between the words, and to journey into the depths of many multi-colored worlds.”
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message 6: by C.J.

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Hello Harley,

It's so nice to have you as a friend. Thank you and best wishes.

Warm regards,
CJ


message 5: by Wayne

Wayne Jarman Hello Harley.

Thank you for the friend request.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Bio. :)

Best Wishes

Wayne


message 4: by S.

S. Hi Harley -
Love your "resume!" Thanks for befriending me.



message 3: by Ruth

Ruth Khanna Yes, Full Moon is beautiful!


message 2: by Ruth

Ruth Khanna Hi Harley! Thanks for the invite. I look forward to reading your work and hope you'll read my novel Paper Boats.
Take care!


Ophelia J. Hello Harley ~ I love your poem!!! "Full Moon"

Full Moon
I sip
my tea
and think
of you
lying naked
next to me
on the sand.
A full moon
brightens the yard
and reveals
my heart
to those
who understand.
She forgot
to tell me
that she
would not
be home
for dinner
this evening.


— Harley King
© 2009 by Harley King


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