Jerry Kemp bolts through his mind’s pasture in search of humor, satire, reflections on human behavior, and whatever else might tickle his fancy. His verses, written in various forms, are free of complicated metaphorical suggestions that would only lead to dead-wrong interpretations. Jerry toggles between zany, amusing, and sobering rhymed and free-verse forms that are clearly understood.
He has written and published two books: A Bouquet of Poetic Thoughts II and Galloping Pegasus, four humorous novellas. Retired from his horse ranch and other activities, Jerry lives with his wife, two dogs, two cats, and numerous birds at the outskirts of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Celebrating his 82nd birthday in October 2016, ignoring the onset of Parkinson’s symptoms, Jerry continues on in his pursuit of happiness. He still paints, enjoys classical music and poetry by the old masters and, of course--writing.
When asked to give aspiring writers a hint that might be helpful in overcoming the dreaded writer’s block, Jerry says it would have to be Cicero’s immortal words: “Ubi nihil erit quod scribas, it ipsum scribito.” (Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.) It is true; such scribbles can serve as a foundation or fertilizer for good poetry.