Though sculpture was the first art I felt instinctively capable of pursuing, it was around the same time—late in high school and early in college—that I become aware I had a capacity for, and found delight in, writing fiction. But it was not until I began teaching college courses in poetry that I began to become interested in writing poetry myself.
The result was that a considerable part of my energy during my first years at the University of South Florida (in the late 1960s and early 1970s) was dedicated to writing and circulating my poetry for publication in poetry magazines and journals. While my love of poetry—especially the study and teaching of it—evolved and never ceased (and greatly assisted my study of the work of Robert Hayden), the culmination of writing and publishing my own work pretty much concluded with the publication of a collection of my verse, A Sense of History, in 1990. After that, my foremost relationship with verse was in studying, teaching, and translating poetry, first from Anglo Saxon to modern English and, in later years, from Arabic and Persian to English, the latter with the assistance of Amrollah and Ehsanollah Hemmat.
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