I try to arrange words in poems like an artist applies colors or a musician places notes to shape music. I want my poems to have a life distinctly their own and to outlive me.
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"I used to think the brain was the most important organ in the body, until I realized who was telling me that."
My Solution to the Secret of Life:
I’ve enjoyed a long, useful and relative happy life. I’ve found that the best way to deal with great tragedy and loss is with great faith and a hardy sense of humor. When that fails, resort to sheer, downright, biting-the-bullet bravery.
There is no real secret to life, but the key to happiness is to do what you love; love what you do; and, if you just have to stick your head up someone’s butt, make sure it isn’t your own.
Music helps, especially the music inside your heart that you hear inside your head. Never, ever let them take away the music in your heart. That’s your song. Avoid doctors and lawyers if you can and lie about your pain, even to yourself. No one likes a griper, not even God.
Oh yeah, learn to forget, it makes it easier to forgive. What you don’t remember doesn’t hurt you. If you were supposed to keep seeing what’s behind you, your eyes would be in the back of your head. If you just can’t let it go, talk about it to someone, or write about it, just to get it off your chest so you can start living in the present.
Smile and laugh a lot. It takes less energy and keeps you from looking like an idiot. When folks see you smiling they think you know something they don’t and avoid burdening you with their negativity.
If you do all the above you probably won’t live any longer but you’ll be happier, so it’s worth a shot.
Not famous yet, perhaps a little notorious.
"The mightiest of weapons is truth. And everyone knows you’re not permitted to enter a Government building with a weapon." UNKNOWN
I began writing late in life, after age sixty, at the request of friends and family who wanted to see my works put into written form. My first book lacked disciplined editing because it was practically rushed into print. This Web site is part of my attempt to offer my verses and poetry in a well edited and better prepared form that I feel readers deserve. When I get it right here, I will publish again in written form.
Besides writing, (now age 70) I am a machinist working at a factory in Indiana. (update: finally retired from the factory). I spent many years as an amateur entomologist and until recently have freely shared my large and interesting insect collection with schools and libraries upon request. However I recently disposed of the collection. I have also been guest speaker in some middle school Reading and English classrooms where I have been privileged to read and discuss my three-step style of creative writing (edit, edit, edit). I treasure so very much an impressive collection of letters I have received from some of these children who felt motivated by my classroom talks. Some have reported they changed from being problem students to try to become aspiring writers and scientists. If there is any fame it will belong to them as they achieve their goals.
NOTE: Although Mr. Carpenter disposed of his insect collection featuring insect fauna of the Great Lakes Region, he recently released an interesting book called Do Bees Poop In The Honey? This is a book mainly for young people and answers questions about the strange habits of insects. This book has been selling well on Ebay and in some book stores and can be ordered directly from
Carpenter's interest in insects is a theme that often appears in his stories and poems. For instance, his first complete poem, which became an illustrated story in book form, was about a boy who chased a dragonfly and discovered an amazing treasure of pinned insects in his grandfather's garage. That poem is called The Eye Of the Dragonfly and you will be able to read it on this website. These self published books have been freely distributed to doctor's waiting rooms and daycare centers in four states and are available upon request from the author. for more information about purchasing Carpenter's books contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Favorites: Reading and Writing
Fiction: Children's, Humor/Satire, Literary, Mystery, Religious/Inspirational, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Cooking, Food & Wine, Home & Garden, Humor, Outdoors & Nature, Reference, Religion, Science
Ender's Game, Did I mention Comic Books? Old pulps like the Destroyer (Remo Williams), The Shadow, Doc Savage, Burrougs, can't say I have any favorites because I just like books. But recently I have enjoyed all of the Harry Potter stories, I like anything good about biology, oceanography and space science. I also like reading about UFO and other enigmas of science. But let's not limit our interests to these. There are just so many books to love.
Mark Twain's essay on the Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper
Wherever there is a comfortable chair, or children gathered around to read aloud to.
Hundreds of poems and a few short stories
Fiction: Children's, Humor/Satire, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan at age 35. At least I would like to try out his magnificent body in exchange for the present abode of my spirit.
Oh so many, many, many. Let's see: Poe, Robert Service, Longfellow, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, James Joyce, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Karl Marx, Aesop . . . and many others.