A Potentially Quite Remarkable Thursday, Poems by Jeff Coomer
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In simple, evocative language that both new and experienced readers of poetry will appreciate, the poems in Jeff Coomer's A Potentially Quite Remarkable Thursday explore enduring themes of memory and regret, the nature of our relationships with those around us, and the tension that comes from living a happy, ordinary life while yearning for something bigger. At times ironic, wistful, and humorous in tone, the poems in this collection will strike a chord with anyone who's ever been stuck in traffic, searched for the meaning in chance encounters, or dawdled away an afternoon sitting by a creek.
I awoke this morning at the usual time
and in the usual manner. No midnight
call from the Dalai Lama urging me
to fulfill my special purpose to humanity,
no disheveled starlet banging on my door
and shamelessly begging me to please
take her back.
-- "A Potentially Quite Remarkable Thursday"
JEFF COOMER grew up in the middle-class suburbs east of Baltimore. After receiving a BA in political science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, he settled into a long career in the corporate world which ended in the role of the chief IT executive for a multi-billion division of a Fortune 500 company. He and his wife, Susan, raised two children on eighteen wooded acres in the rural countryside of central Maryland, the setting for a number of his poems. They're now enjoying the pleasures of small-town life back in Chestertown, where they first met as college students a very long time ago.