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Raymond Keen ~ Poet


Raymond Keen, Author of “Love Poems for Cannibals”

http://www.raymondkeen.com/

Raymond’s interest in literature began in the 5th grade at Carlile Elementary School in Pueblo, CO, with the reading and book report on Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. His interest in poetry began in college, with the tragedies of Shakespeare, and his introduction to the writing of Samuel Beckett. He was well instructed that dramas and novels can be just as poetic as poetry itself. He learned that poetry is the quickest, fullest and best way to express the truth with our fragile yet wondrous gift of language.

Raymond Keen was educated at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Oklahoma. He spent three years as a Navy clinical psychologist with a year in Vietnam (1967-1968). Since that time he has worked as a school psychologist and licensed mental health counselor in the USA and overseas, until his retirement in 2006. He is a credentialed school psychologist in the states of California and Washington, and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington.

I met Raymond some years ago at a poetry group meeting, and our friendship easily fit together seamlessly with our mutual love of poetry. Writing poetry. Having read Raymond’s poems covering the period of Viet Nam that overlapped my own deployment in that country gave me an insight to the meanings of his poetry. The poems are stark, and sometimes a bit dark, lifting the veil off human foibles, and intentions in war. Any veteran will feel right at home reading his words.

The Viet Nam War is not dinky dau

Shake ‘n’ Bake Ensign’s Short-Timer Song

The Vietnam War is Not dinky dau, Not number 10. Cuz I was lucky enough To snap beaucoup pictures For my color-slide collection! That first slide there, that’s me With my Mother’s Day Medal. Number one! Outstanding!

Hootchgirl asks me, “When you fini Vietnam, GI?” I tell hootchgirl This is my wake-up. So how ’bout one last short-time For this short-timer? Cuz I am gung ho to didi mau. Didi mau on that Freedom Bird Back to the World. Pan Am makes the going great! Number one! Outstanding!

Hootchgirl asks me, “When you fini Vietnam, GI?” I tell hootchgirl This is my wake-up. So how ’bout one last short-time For this short-timer? Cuz I am gung ho to didi mau. Didi mau on that Freedom Bird Back to the World. Pan Am makes the going great! Number one! Outstanding!

The Vietnam War is Not dinky dau, Not number 10. Cuz I was lucky enough To snap beaucoup pictures For my color-slide collection! That first slide there, that’s me With my Mother’s Day Medal. Number one! Outstanding!

Raymond’s poetry is more than Viet Nam relived. His insights into human nature and historical perspective have given him license to probe subjects not normally explored, as exemplified in his poem “I Love the Traveling Christ”. This poem speaks of the Christ Energy, healing, always being there for those in need, from the perspective of the viewer. Dicey material to mold without shaping it into proselytizing, or excoriating on the theme. Raymond has a deft touch, to touchy subjects. He lays it out there without taking sides. A solid and very entertaining and rewarding book of poetry. I gave it five stars.


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