“It blew our heads off,” Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke says about hearing his poetry put to music. Petersburg to meet with the Meinkes and play them the music he’d composed, the 82-year-old poet was surprised to hear opera soprano Steffanie Pearce singing his words. “The music comes out as I follow the lines of his poems. “I do have to bring some craft to it, obviously,” he adds. I came out now and then to show a teacher and get some encouragement. Even when I went to college, I didn’t know of literary magazines.” So he submitted his poems to The Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan, and they were published. He and his family moved to Florida in 1966, where he founded and became the director of Eckerd College’s creative writing program, one of the first in the country.He and his wife, artist/illustrator Jeanne Clark Meinke, were sitting in composer William Dawson’s car. Dawson had just played them a song he’d composed, using the poet laureate’s verse as lyrics. No one had ever done that before, he says, except for a college student here and there over the years who had strummed a guitar and sung his poems. “It was so different from singing words with a guitar, a totally different version,” the poet says. We like the idea of mixing the arts.” After all, he adds, his wife has illustrated many of his books with her pen and ink drawings. “We don’t know much about it.” He and his family did spend one year in Warsaw, Poland, in the late 1970s, when he was a Fulbright professor of American poetry. “You couldn’t get anything except bread, vodka and really cheap opera, like for a dollar. He loves the sound of words and the juxtaposition of words against other words. “I make decisions and change things and revise.” But it was a relatively easy process, he says. Meinke grew up in a blue-collar family in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N. Early in his career, he taught high school English, then earned his Ph. Now retired, he’s been writer-in-residence at several dozen colleges. We need the company of others and we all dream of finding that perfect soul mate, someone to be with us through thick and thin, one who shares our hopes and passions.
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