Reach­ing out with words

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON COL­UMN ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Shane Verge en­joyed writ­ing short sto­ries as a youth, but it wasn’t un­til about five years ago that the Har­bour Grace res­i­dent got in the habit of shar­ing thoughts and ideas through words.

“I went to a po­etry sit­ting here in Car­bon­ear, met some lovely peo­ple and it just went from there,” he re­cently told The Com­pass. “I wouldn’t even read in front of any­body in the be­gin­ning.”

Now Verge is re­leas­ing his first col­lec­tion of po­etry, “Poetic Ram­blings of a Mad Man and His Shad­ows.”

The book con­tains 45 po­ems se­lected from amongst the hun­dreds he’s writ­ten over the last few years. His work of­ten ex­plores dark feel­ings and moods.

“This book is ded­i­cated to all those who may be men­tally, phys­i­cally, and emo­tion­ally tor­mented or scarred from this our won­der­ful life and the sit­u­a­tions that arise in that one life,” he writes in the book’s ded­i­ca­tion.

“It’s more not re­ally for me,” Verge said when asked whether he finds writ­ing ther­a­peu­tic. “Some of it is for me, but it’s for other peo­ple. I’m try­ing to touch other peo­ple who are hav­ing prob­lems so they un­der­stand you’re not alone and to help you feel bet­ter. I cut this book out from kind of like a chap­ter in my life. What was go­ing on and things that I wrote as it was go­ing on.”

While there are po­ems con­tained within the book’s 58 pages that draw upon Shane’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, not all of his work is based on his own life.

“I might write some­thing and some­one will say, ‘Oh my god, what hap­pened to you? You’re so sad. Are you OK?’ And it’s noth­ing to do with me at all. That might’ve been an im­age that I’ve seen. It might’ve been a story that I heard about a fam­ily … Any­thing that strikes me and just touches me for some rea­son. I get se­verely emo­tional some­times too, and I just write it.”

He cred­its fel­low mem­bers of the lo­cal po­etry group in Car­bon­ear with be­ing in­cred­i­bly en­cour­ag­ing to­wards his work.

“Ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day at the li­brary, 2:30 p.m. Any­body can come in and sit in. You don’t have to write. You can just come in and lis­ten. It’s a great lit­tle place.”

Verge finds it some­what hard to be­lieve that he now has a book to share with the pub­lic. It took a cou­ple of years to find the right set up for get­ting the book pub­lished. He’s now set to re­lease the book lo­cally at the Car­bon­ear Pub­lic Li­brary from 2:30-4 p.m. He’ll have copies of the book avail­able for sale there. It can also be or­dered on­line in paper­back, hard­cover and as an e-book.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Har­bour Grace’s Shane Verge re­cently had his first col­lec­tion of po­etry pub­lished.

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