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Local author publishes The Heart of the Poet

In his first book of poetry, The Heart Of The Poet, Lawrence (Larry) B. Jones, a Jackson resident, lays bare some very familiar truths that we all feel but, perhaps unconsciously, choose to deny - often for a lifetime.

This ordinary man, now retired from a career in business management, asks us to step out of character...to listen to his words with our hearts ...to find what rings true for every man. He doesn't use fancy words, or write poems that are too hard to follow. He makes sense - balancing honest, everyday words into thought provoking poetry. His look at life is refreshingly simple, yet profound.

Larry started coming to the writers' group meetings, led by Patsy Clark, on Saturday afternoons at the Generations Gallery in the Village at Indian Springs about a year ago.

"Poetry was something new for me," explains Larry, " and while we work together on many styles in the group, and I read from the other books I am writing, there was encouragement from the others to try my hand at poetry. I am glad I did."

Lawrence Jones is a published writer and photographer, who was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1938. He attended Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1966, he trained at the University of New Mexico for VISTA and served as a Volunteer in Service to America in Arizona until 1968. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York in Saratoga Springs in 1990. Well traveled in the United States, his first collection of poetry is primarily based on his life experiences.

The Heart of a Poet is published by Generations Gallery / Phase One Design Services, and is available for $18.95. The gallery encourages local artists and writers and sponsors the 3rd Annual Writers Conference on April 23-24th, bringing professional writers to Butts County to speak on a variety of subjects: how to improve writing skills; writing your life story; how to get published; how to finish your manuscripts and more. A full description of the sessions is available at www.theVillageatIndianSprings.com/gallery or you may call 1-800-352-7212 for more information. If you want to publish your work, contact the gallery at 770-775-7916. The gallery is open on weekends, Friday and Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment.