RETIRED TEACHER USES HIS VERSE TO REFLECT ON LIFE.
Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
NEWHALL - From his Newhall apartment, Raoul Hurd looks over the wildlife at William S. Hart Park. The towering trees of the celluloid celluloid [from cellulose], transparent, colorless synthetic plastic made by treating cellulose nitrate with camphor and alcohol. Celluloid was the first important synthetic plastic and was widely used as a substitute for more expensive substances, such as cowboy's estate wave at him while the music from families picnicking at tables wafts up to fill his living room.
The 79-year-old retired educator draws inspiration from the pallette of nature outside his window, writing down his thoughts and decorating his prose with things that make him chuckle.
With the encouragement of fellow teacher Richard Weekley, Hurd has published his first book of poetry. The book, ``Turn Me Inside Out,'' published by Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Poets' Press, will have its debut reading next Sunday in Weekley's Laughing Buddha Garden.
A slight, balding man with a gray beard and mustache, Hurd has eyes that sparkle when he talks about his life and the joy of writing.
``There are so many things to write about,'' he said, walking through the park. ``There's nature and politics and war and peace. I used to be careful before and didn't deliberately speak out. Then I started writing and traveled around the world, meeting other writers.
``There are several parts of my book because I have a lot of interests,'' he said, leafing through the pages of the softbound soft·bound
Not bound between hard covers: softbound books. yellow book. ``Tickle See Tcl/Tk and tickle packet.
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Version 5.0v1. The text editor breaks the 32K limit (like MPW). My Funny Bone,'' ``Everywhere With Sky and Air'' and ``Hang With Me, I'm Blue'' are some of his favorite sections.
The ``Where Do I Go From Here'' chapter addresses some of the challenges of advancing age.
When I was young and fun,
I used to swim and run
till I reached the drinking age Noun 1. drinking age - the age at which is legal for a person to buy alcoholic beverages
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
and felt the hormones rage.
That led to prancin' and dancin'
to country, rock and swing.
Then came the urge to booze and cruise,
to lots of courtin' and fancy cavortin.'
Now I've slowed down - no more crankin'
just amblin' and ramblin.'
By cracky, it's a sin
when you get these slow walkin'/talkin' blues.
Hurd taught French for the Hart school district for 27 years before retiring. Now he occasionally travels to a magnet school magnet school
A public school offering a specialized curriculum, often with high academic standards, to a student body representing a cross section of the community. near California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is a campus of the California State University system. It is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California.
, to teach - as a substitute - history and Spanish. That is, when he isn't thinking about his next poem.
Hurd's book reflects the influences of his world travels. An ode to Charlie Parker Noun 1. Charlie Parker - United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
Bird Parker, Charles Christopher Parker, Parker, Yardbird Parker is printed in both French and English in homage to Parker's European flair; his war-themed poems echo the perspective gained from meeting fellow writers and observing conflict on a global scale.
``I'm very much a procrastinator pro·cras·ti·nate
v. pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
v.tr. ,'' he said, when asked why he waited so long to publish his work. ``I wrote a play, and it wasn't very good. And I have a series of stories about a rat and an old guy called 'Pops and Popcorn' that I need to have illustrated. But I like to write funny poems.
``I especially like the title,'' he continued, smiling. ``It says to rip me up and see what I'm made of.
``Poets never make any money, but at least I'm doing something.''
``Walking on Through''
I keep walking
I keep walking
I keep walking
Walking past the roses.
Walking past the trees.
Walking through the meadows
With jasmine jasmine (jăs`mĭn, jăz–) or jessamine (jĕs`əmĭn), any plant of the genus Jasminum of the family Oleaceae (olive family). on the breeze.
I guess I'll keep on walking
Till I walk myself right out of me.
After I walked to the other side
Should I go back or should I hide?
Then I wonder what I will see
I wonder, yes I wonder, how I wonder!
In some strange land beyond the seas.
Is there great adventure
Just ahead of me?
The poetry reading will begin at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Laughing Buddha Garden, 24721 Newhall Ave. There is no admission charge, but guests are asked to bring a snack to share.
Also featured will be readings from Weekley, who will read from his book ``100 Doors,'' and Jerry Danielsen, reading from his book ``Against the Fog,'' as well as Butoh Butoh (舞踏 butō) dancing by Don McLeod Don McLeod (born August 24, 1946 in Trail, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. Playing career
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
(color) ``Poets never make any money,'' Raoul Hurd says, ``but at least I'm doing something.''
David R. Crane/Staff Photographer