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POEMS TO AND FROM THE HEART
Jack Moser writes of love and death


It is so simple, really. Love God. Love neighbor. Love self.

At age 73, poet and psychotherapist Jack Moser became reacquainted with his heart, which stopped beating for nine seconds. He had been experiencing fainting spells, and when he finally tore his attention away from his patients, his children, and his grandchildren and drove to the Naval Hospital for a checkup, he found himself in by-pass surgery. Surviving the surgery, he knew it was time to make a deal with his heart. This experience was an epiphany, heightening Jack Moser's awareness of the importance of love and death.

Those who know Jack Moser as a poet already know his reverence for love. Now, in You Can See Me From Here, his fourth collection of poems, he writes again about love of family, of humanity, and of the Indwelling God. He expresses love for his wife, his daughters, his special-needs son, and his cats. He loves the Connemara Ponies of Ireland. He loves his patients, and he remembers with loving compassion a street urchin in the Philippines. Ultimately, he loves “a loving God, who wants nothing more than love's return.”

Becoming friends with his heart has also heightened Jack Moser's awareness of death. His poems in You Can See Me From Here lament the devastation of war and genocide and focus on soldiers returning home in caskets.

Of course Jack Moser is aware that his own life will end. He has lost love ones, “friends and family members who have left me to ride on,” and he knows he will join them. “My bags are packed. I have my ticket to ride.” But in the meantime, his heart reminds him that he is alive. “My new heart seems to be alert to life. Yesterday, as I left my office I stood motionless, hearing voices of baby robins in their nest above me.…”

Jack Moser grew up in Brooklyn, and then entered the Navy in 1958. He experienced war in Vietnam, and served as a Naval Intelligence officer. In the 1970s he switched careers. After receiving his doctorate in psychology from Florida State University, he became a counselor
and psychotherapist, a profession he continues to practice. He is the author of The Male Journey, We Have Forgotten How to Make Fire, Men in Therapy, The Murmur of a Gentle Breeze, If I Should Be Felled, and I Love You to the Moon. He lives, works, and writes in Pensacola, Florida.


Jack Moser grew up in Brooklyn, and then entered the Navy in 1958. He experienced war in Vietnam, and as a Naval Intelligence officer he followed the Soviet submarine force. While in the Navy, he worked with the CIA, helping to place agents in China and Russia. In the 1970s he switched careers. After receiving his doctorate in psychology from Florida State University, he became a counselor and psychotherapist, a profession he continues to practice. He is the author of The Male Journey, We Have Forgotten How to Make Fire, Men in Therapy, and The Murmur of a Gentle Breeze and If I Should Be Felled. He lives, works, and writes in Pensacola, Florida.
 



You Can See Me From Here
Poems
by Jack Moser
ISBN 978-1-56474-536-1
128 pages, paperback, $14.00

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