First author at the IAC gallery

Local author Jeff Rimland presents on ‘Poetry’s Meaning and The Poetry of History’

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On Saturday, May 21, the Long Island Author’s Group held their first author presentation Saturday at the Islip Arts Council Gallery at the Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore.

The monthly series of special book talks and presentations was started off by Jeff Rimland, author of five books of poetry. Rimland’s talk discussed poetry’s meaning as well as his new book of poetry, “The Poetry of History.” His new book is a unique combination of poetry and history, with each poem corresponding to a historical event or figure from history. Each entry contains pictures of or about the event, a description of the event, and the poem he was inspired to write. The book is assembled in chronological order of the historical events and includes Rimland’s musings on events and people, such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Florence Nightingale, and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Rimland said that he writes about events or people that strike him or make him feel strong emotions. He was in college in 1973 when he first learned about poetry and found his voice. During his presentation, he spoke about the use of poetry for motivation, as a healer, and as a way to try and manage grief. Rimland himself used poetry to manage grief and wrote the book  “A Widower’s Journey: A Life of Loss and Love.” After publishing his first two books of poetry, Rimland became a member of the Long Island Author’s Group. The other three books written by Rimland are “Knowledge then Wisdom, Perhaps,” “Our Gift to Each Other,” “Heartfelt Poems of Our Love,” and “Reflections on Half a Century.” More information on his latest book, “A Poetry of History,” can be found at thepoetryofhistory.com.

The next author presentation at the Islip Arts Council Gallery will be on June 18 with Dan Mariani and his presentation of “Choices: The Art of Thriving in a Sniper World.” The event will start at 1 p.m.

A book signing will follow each presentation. Twenty-five percent of book sales will be donated to the IAC. The Islip Arts Council Gallery is located within the Westfield South Shore Mall (next to Dick’s Sporting Goods Main Entrance) 1701 Sunrise Hwy, Suite N1, Bay Shore, NY 11706, 631-888-3525. For more information on upcoming author lectures please visit isliparts.org.

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