Several months ago, while discussing poetry with a fellow author, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. of Texas, a suggestion was floated that we collaborate on a book of our poems and photographs. It would be a Georgia to Texas writing project, containing poems in two distinctly different styles.
We tossed the idea around for about two minutes before deciding to jump into the project. In addition to penning poems, Richard would showcase his photography, and I would turn to my brother-in-law for the umpteenth time for his permission to use his fine photos for my section of poems. Naturally, he agreed to allow it.
Each of us was extremely busy with other writing projects in various phases for publication. So, mutually, we agreed to allow the process to take its own sweet time… no hurries and never any worries.
Richard M. Knittle, Jr. is an Amazon, multiple-time, No.1, bestselling author. His poems and poetry books are nothing short of amazing. I don’t think he would mind me letting you know that he has been nominated to become the Poet Laureate of Texas. I wish him all the luck in the world. I know he would be an excellent choice for the Texas honor.
Rather quickly, a title was agreed upon for our book, Poetry East To West, and the cover became a pleasant task for me to design. I’d decided to contact NASA once again for permission to use one of their spectacular Hubble images for our book’s cover. I’ve done this several times over the last year. The folks at NASA are incredible, and once again, they gave their approval for our book’s cover. Below are the Hubble image and finished cover we used.
Richard’s poems are absolutely magnificent. I’m a big fan of his epic poetry. He has a style that draws the reader deeply into his world, feeling the hope, pain, anger, disappointment, joy, and love of which he so eloquently writes. His photographs within the book are breathtaking.
J. Robert Sosby’s (my brother-in-law) photography is a perfect compliment to my poems. His photos of nature’s beauty are splendid.