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Great American Short Stories And Poetry Paperback – February 20, 2010
About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Geoffrey Zimmerman personifies the quintessential writer. Some ask, Do writers undertake risky, dangerous, moving experiences in order to write about and share them - or is a writer essentially an experiencer, observer, documentor of life's events and experiences? - sensitive to human emotion, nuance, trial and diversity, alert to subject matter ripe for sharing with readers. OR Do writers become writers out of the need to share moving and universal experiences with others? Feeling somehow removed or cutoff from the common man - who has no reality on the power and scope of human existence? Is it that we must reach out - in an attempt to broaden our own scope, in an effort, (so that we may) reach those unseen hearts and minds,( in which we are not in communion on a daily basis) that can relate, can understand, the impact of experiencing the emotional power inherent in life's limitless possibilities? I believe I am both, (or all three). Since I was young, I have undertaken to share with others my ideas, thoughts, feelings and experiences. I view life as a gift, a "project", something we are presented with that must not only be endured, suffered, seen through to the end - but relished, tested, pushed, prodded, played with, truly experienced with feeling - and shared. I'm romantic, sensitive, dramatic. I need to share. I'm observant, driven by human experience. I was brought up by an actress for a mother. I'm educated, intelligent, descriptive. I pay attention to detail. I have been involved with motion pictures, (screenplays), television,( teleplays), and theatre, (scripts), my whole life. I want to make people laugh, cry, think, move, become inspired. It is the robots and sellouts I disdain. Those who can cast aside their true selves for something they are led to believe or are shown from others. It is the poet, singer, artist, adventurer, actor, builder, wanderer, searcher that I respect - for these people have come to realize the value of emotions, sense and experience.
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When I picked up the book, (which is available on Amazon.com in paperback, and BarnesandNoble.com both in paperback and e-book for Nook.), I was searching for something light to carry me through a late Sunday afternoon.
What I found was an intriguing series of shorts that left me thinking about the impact we all have on each other simply by passing through one another's lives.
Geoff spins a wonderful and faintly sad story of a woman lost in a thorny period of personal transition that mirrors just how sometimes transient moments are incredibly poignant. As the moment did in this case, it also sometimes brings out the acts of kindness we all want to engage in. In one tight and tidy instance he shows us the better inside we all wish we could share if our lives weren't so full of fear.
He bravely uses a screenwriters terse yet densely packed descriptions to ensure the reader visualizes exactly what he wants. Those inspired visuals `show' the reader exactly who his characters are far more than mere narrative could achieve.
Another of the stories that caught my attention was "Jane Hates Dick", this is the short that made me want to read the book in the first place.
It's a snippet of a thriller, grabbing the reader once more with those terse prose and engaging our curiosity. By the end of this installment (yes there is a follow-up) I found myself grinning and breathing just a little bit faster, delighted by the titillating bit of someone else's life in more trouble than I personally would ever want to see!
The follow-up, "Jane Stalks Dick" starts off with artfully built tension, is Dick insane? Is he imagining things? Is he losing it? Geoff does a great job planting the seeds of doubt for us which, by the end of the story, (I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say, it left me very nervous and very ready for a full length version of this tale!) had me wishing there was more.
All in all, in spite of a few formatting incongruities (as a writer myself I notice these things) that are easily overlooked, it's the content of the stories contained in this little gem that matters. And the content is delightful!
The book is peppered with colorful and engaging photos, and thought provoking poetry, the kind which wafts through your mind on a warm, breezy summer day and make you feel just a little more contemplative than "real life" usually allows.
In short, (too late, I know), Great American Short Stories and Poetry is a lovely afternoon's read. I'm glad I came across it and truly do hope Geoff gives us a full length version of not so much fun with Dick and Jane.
- J.A. Carlton