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Former Tampa Tribune Journalist Pivots to Poetry for His Second Book – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2022-06-27 09:40:49 –

“Dark fruit”

When Jim Lum retired as a journalist, he wrote a humorous book called “Orange Socks and Other Colorful Stories” about his time in the Navy. Now he has launched a poetry collection titled “Dark Fruit”. It is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fruit-JS-Lamb-ebook/dp/B0B4GPD3VM.

The lamb was born in the steel town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the coal town of Windbar. I went to a school in the university town of Shippensberg. He says “dark fruit” answers the question. “If Ditch Digger could write a poem, what kind of poem would Ditch Digger write?”

As a kid, Lamb carried a pocket-sized collection of poems with him. In some families that may have been seen as a positive feature, but in the families of construction and mining workers, it was simply tolerated. Sometimes referred to as the “Zoolander” effect.

“Zoolander” is an American comedy movie starring Ben Stiller as a fashion model named Derek, whose father, a coal miner played by Jon Voight, is not exactly proud of his son’s career choices.

Lamb’s interest in poetry was bubbling under the surface until he earned a bachelor’s degree in the media in the mid-1970s. In his class of creative writing, Stephen Minot’s book “Three Genres: Poetry, Fiction, and Drama Writing” was featured. Later, as a copy desk editor at The Tampa Tribune, he regularly reread the poetry pieces of Minot’s book as a way to hone his headline writing skills.

“One of the things I like about poets is that they can say a lot in short words,” said retired Ram. “That same skill is invaluable as a headline writer. Of course, it’s not easy.”

After finishing his first book, “Orange Socks,” Ram spent several years writing poetry. Result: “They were terrible,” he said. “It made me read them badly.”

After deleting all the poems he wrote, Ram was a poet he admired, including Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Ogden Nash, Lawrence Ferlinghetty, Robert Bly, and Sylvia Plath. I reread and studied the work of. Then he returned to writing. Result: A “dark fruit” that uses a variety of emotions, from sad to stupid. From light to darkness.

Here is an example:

“Toxic story”
by js ram
Politics
Poisoning the well
So everyone
Can enjoy
water.

There is another:

“Who is dinner?”
by js ram
In some cultures
They love their neighbors.
Elsewhere, they may eat them.
If you are not sure
Which one
How to be careful
You deal with them.

The “Dark Fruit” (ASIN: B0B4GPD3VM) is currently only available in digital format on Amazon, but the paperback version will be available later this year in time for Christmas. “Dark Fruit” can be found by visiting the Amazon website and typing jslamb.

For more information on “Dark Fruit”, please visit https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fruit-JS-Lamb-ebook/dp/B0B4GPD3VM.

Summary: Jim Lum is a retired journalist. He graduated from the University of South Florida with two majors in Mass Communication and Political Science. Later, he worked as a copy desk editor at The Tampa Tribune and Sarasota Herald Tribune. His website is http://www.jslstories.com.



Former Tampa Tribune Journalist Pivots to Poetry for His Second Book
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