West Roaring Brook And Other Poems by Patrick Cantwell Guinan

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


"PA T R I C K G U I N A N is an
unassuming poet who tries to express in a
very natural tone and style what he has seen
and dreamed or what life as shown him.
Speaking of his poetry, Guinan has said. “I
have tried to say a few things about love and
life and our memories of things that make us
happy or sad and I have always tried to
express these thoughts as simply and
honestly as I know how.”
In the tradition of William Carlos
William, his poems are like little snapshots of
the past, images or scenes that jar the memory and bring back times and thoughts
that we all can share. His favorite poets are Frost and E. A. Robinson, Edgar Lee
Masters, and Sandburg and their spirits are never far from his thoughts.
In his mid sixties, Patrick Guinan, is still a young poet who has found his
voice and uses it to tell of his favorite memories and life’s best learned lessons.
Growing up in small towns in Michigan and Illinois, the father of two
grown children, he spent forty years teaching in Florida with brief stints as a
politician and sports broadcaster. He now spends his time between his winter
home in Bradenton, Florida, and his summer cottage by Northport Bay in the
lovely woods of Northern Michigan where he lived his young dreams."

About Patrick Cantwell Guinan

See more books from this Author
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a few months after the Normandy Invasion of Europe during World War II, Patrick Guinan doesn't qualify as a baby boomer, but grew up surrounded by kids whose fathers just came back from the war. "That's all they talked about when we played or went to school together," he says. Although he writes about his generation and their times, he admits, "I never felt a part of it, not only because my Dad was never in the war or served in the armed services, but because all of the things he ever talked about were already two generations back. He talked about the pre-depression and the horse and buggy days of his father who ran a saloon in rural small-town America at the turn of the century," Guinan says. This gave him a vision of the world that his childhood friends, and later grown up friends, especially of his own age, could not relate. It was looking at the world through nostalgic-colored glasses and the wishing for a time long past. The oldest of four boys born to a Locomotive Engineer and Registered Nurse, Guinan spent his pre and early elementary years in his father's hometown of Petersburg, Illinois, which is the small prairie town that Edgar Lee Masters fictionalized in his Spoon River Anthology. "I would have loved to have spent my whole life there in that little town with its rich history of Lincoln and the real life descendants of the people that Masters wrote about, plus there were the ghost of my Irish immigrant ancestors, and all the many living relatives. There would have been plenty enough about which I could have written and loved a lifetime," Guinan has said. Having left Petersburg after his grandfather died, and after spending his pre-teen years in Grand Rapids, his family moved to the little village of Suttons Bay, Michigan. This alpine village on a little bay of Lake Michigan was to become a romantic and idyllic spot that he stills calls home no matter how far away he is presently living. "I always plan to return to Suttons Bay in one form or another and there is never a time I am not thinking of the hills by the little bay village," he says. His college students years were spent at Northwestern Michigan College and Southern Illinois University with time out for "real learning" in places like New Orleans, Chicago, and Cape Cod. It was during his college years he developed a love for literature and received a BS degree with a major in English, Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University. Ever since he was a child he had planned on being a lawyer, but after graduation, Guinan taught high school English in Michigan before moving to Bradenton, Florida, where for almost forty years he has taught English and American Government. Even though, most of his time has been spent in the teaching profession, he is equally proud of his days as a politician, sports broadcaster, civic leader, coach, landscape worker, life guard, swimming instructor and hotel bell hop. A life long Chicago Cubs fan, Guinan spends "much too much time" during the baseball season cheering for the Cubs on TV and thinking about getting his sailboat going again out on Sarasota bay. Sailing and golfing are both passions that he would like to spend much more doing in the future. Besides Not A Dawn In Eastern Skies, Guinan has written a collection of poems called West Roaring Brook, a one act play, Popa John of Preservation Hall and a collection of short stories entitled Down the Cloud Ladder. He is presently working on a memoir already entitled A Few Thoughts About Rainy Days and Other Times of Love.
Published March 23, 2010 by Xlibris. 60 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Rate this book!

Add Review