“… a lyrical medley of free verse, blank verse, a sonnet, and a song or two … spans the life cycle of a consciousness; its intersection with the culture.”
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About The Author …
R J (Richard Jay) Sobel was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1949. The creator of the Written Word Album™, he is the author of Momentary Vagrant, Purview of the Sky, Leaves of Entropy, and Dreams and Other Lastings — the four volumes of The Seasons Suite, as well as other works of drama, lyrics, poetry, and prose. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Southern California.
Dividing his time these days between his work as a writer, poet, and ghostwriter, his earlier dramatic works included original screenplays as well as collaborations with a number of luminaries in film and television, such as Oscar-winning screenwriter, Carl Foreman (uncle), Larry Forrester, and distinguished author and historian, John D. Weaver on projects including a Centerpoint Productions TV series inspired by a storied portion of his (Sobel’s) life.
R J Sobel’s painterly approach to his Written World Albums — artisanal pieces, from cover and interior design to author’s comments in his Liner Notes; not meant (for better or worse) for an editor’s pen or penchant of a traditional publisher — gave rise to the founding of Soliana Publications.
His Written Word Album concept (an alternative to the conventional chapbook), embraces the iconic record album model — the perfect format for a collection of songs, and likewise fitting for the presentation of his lyrical work in the four volumes of The Seasons Suite.
Self-directed, with a musical bent and philosophical slant from the start, R J Sobel made his way through diverse avenues of livelihood opportunities, while honing his writing skills. A studious interest in the art of dramatic writing eventually led to his commitment to the “higher art” — as the components of story structure, plot, and character development became overshadowed by the tasty rhythms and rare elements of imagery and resonance mined from the depths of thought; with which Shakespeare would craft his eloquent heroic couplets, etc.; as would Wordsworth, Rilke, Frost, et al. compose their elegant verse.
After many years of practicing the form, R J Sobel presents his latest poetry collections in the four Written Word Albums of The Seasons Suite.
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