A collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self discovery through love and heartache. The Interlude will take readers on a journey of determination and imagery, which leads to the formation of
short stories and performance poetry.
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Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
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If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be? by Michael B. Judkins
Before I start to answer this question or attempt to provide a solid answer to this question, I want to say that I’m a poet, therapist, dog owner, friend, brother, uncle, and most of all…. a person. So, the one thing I want readers to remember about me is that I’m a funny, creative guy with a big heart. It’s the best logical answer that comes to mind.
I want my readers to enjoy the experience of my writing, my poetry, and the message of being true to yourself and others. Also, that I’m a small piece of a pie, in the world of people attempting to create a better understanding and harmony through the written word. I want to show how my journey of life created my art! It’s that simple. Although, this question was extremely hard to answer because I could write an entire 10-page essay about what I want readers to remember about me.
However, why, limit yourself to just what you believe someone would want you to say, or what is the best image to portray. Instead, sit quietly, drink a cup of chai tea with hazelnut creamer, and allow the words to smoothly run across the paper as you type the best description of yourself. As you write your mini biography, laugh hard, smile endlessly, sing your favorite song that recently played on the radio or streaming service (in today’s world) and enjoy the experience of being honest. To my readers and new readers, be yourself, and always be honest through your journey in life.
Michael Barry Judkins was born in the Bronx, New York, along with his four brothers and sisters. Michael’s childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author.
Delightful memories of trips to the zoo or picking apples with his mother contrast greatly to daily reminders of what any hard-working family must battle in building a life in an urban setting. Domestic violence. Drugs. Gangs. All play their part in shaping a person – whether for good or bad is often an individual’s choice.
After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors like skipping school, smoking and drinking, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps to be part of the solution, and not the problem, the germ of the idea for his first book – Sentimental Me – was born.
Graduating from high school a year early, and after a foray into the music business, Michael completed a BS degree in Human Services and MS in Mental Health Counseling. A daydreamer for as long as he can remember, Michael’s inability to forge a relationship with his beloved father before he passed when Michael was only two years old still haunts him today. His mother’s cherished memories of his father’s spirit and honored Armed Forces service, while providing some solace, also serve to make Michael wonder what might have been, if only…
Today, with several poetry collections and short stories in the works, Michael’s first release – Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.
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