Reaching out with words
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.
Harbour Grace’s Shane Verge recently had his first collection of poetry published.