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There is never a good time to publish another collection of poetry and essays. But then again, there is never a bad time to publish another collection of poems and essays. And so I feel entirely justified and motivated to add my own work to the mountain of words already bending the shelves of bookstores and libraries around the world. In a few weeks I will be publishing a collection of essays, poetry and short stories with the hopefully intriguing title ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’.


To make this publication a success I am using a crowdfunding program ‘Kickstarter’ to partially underwrite the effort. I’ll be posting a link to this program my next blog. In the meantime, here is a short video where I explain why I am doing this, and hope that you may be able to help.

And an early review by author Uvi Poznansky…

“This book is a rare combination of poems, short stories and essays that have Bob Sterry’s signature way of looking at the world written all over it. He finds purpose with the most looked-over creatures—as in his poem Cricket: “I am here solely to exist for a brief moment of beauty. I dare you to claim more.”  With a manner of quiet acceptance, he writes in My Personal Fruit Fly: “… is happily perched on the rim of my wine glass / Politely hopping off whenever I reach for a sip / Quietly resuming his place when I set down my glass.”

 Bob Sterry is a lover of words. His poetry is delivered with the inherent knowledge of how it will sound when read aloud, how it will caress the ear of the listener and entice her to experience a new, welcoming view of the world around her in all its wonder. With a great economy of words, the observations he draws are often profound, and always original. In A Tale of Two Picnics, he writes, “He deflowers a bottle of Moselle / Wishing it were her. / Guessing as much she blushes.”

 This is not a book to devour in one sitting. Rather, it lends itself to repeated visits that will suggest to you a different way to reflect on the familiar.”

Uvi Poznansky

Artist, Poet, and bestselling author of ‘The David Chronicles’

I am not capable of explaining exactly why poetry is important. It does not attract a lot of attention in our schools, and announcing that you are choosing to major in Poetry produces anxiety very high on the parental Richter scale. But it seems that poetry has not disappeared and the bookstores and libraries must make room for them.

Not quite so eschewed is the art of essay writing. But how many of us have been introduced to someone who calmly lets you know they are an essayist? Not even the famous journalists who write for the New Yorke, Harpers and the Atlantic will easily admit this. The essay. It was indeed one of the horrors of my own education; the fear of being instructed to write “an essay, three pages, single space, subject is dogs and their owners” to be marked out of ten by a cynical worn out chalk dusted English master.

I did not exactly choose my education and somehow became a chemist almost by default. I did not even start reading poetry until I was in my forties and actually daring to write any until my fifties. It was not until I larded my cabaret style singing show; another story; with poetry and saw the effect it can have on people that I began to read more of it and write more. Not exactly a power trip but a way of connecting perhaps.

The book will be on sale in mid September….stay tuned