by Larry Arena
In possibly a new kind of genre, here is the work of a lifetime condensed. The author has an inquiring, investigating, sometimes original outlook. Despite over half a lifetime of sickness, he has finally produced his wealth of work. For years, the words and feelings lay in his brain pan. Now they are out and down to see the light of day.
He has tried to write things of which great writing and poetry consist. There is the test of re-exposure: will you return to reread this book? Beauty? It found its home here. Uniqueness: perhaps there is no other book quite like this. Is there appreciable depth of perception? A gang of it resides herein. Will this book pass the test of time? Only time itself and the passing of time will tell.
Click on your belt for a vicarious road ride, an up-front read. Taste and enjoy Living the Edge. Even Stephen Crane would say, “Partake of this ‘slice of life’.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Larry Arena comes from Norristown, Pennsylvania, and worked in factories in Bridgeport and Coshohocken as a youth. He worked through college and graduated from the University of West Chester and SUNY University of New Paltz. He lived in Spain and attended the University of Madrid. Arena has taught school (Spanish) in Pennsylvania for nineteen years.
He and his two brothers owned and operated a metal stripping business and large car lot for years in Norristown. Arena now lives in the fastness of his large acreage on a mountaintop in Beaver Ponds, with his brother Joe and pet dog in a restored 1876 farmhouse. It is in the small country town of West Almond, New York.
Arena intensely loves writing, poetry, and antique car collecting. Along with Living the Edge, he is currently writing a novel. He has worked off and on in Florida for the last few winters.
(2007, paperback, 286 pages)
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