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    CLICK HERE for full size photo of The Author (Newsphoto, 1995). "Poems For My Kids"
    "POEMS  For My Kids," 86 pages, 46 poems, 6x9 paperback, 1995.
    Swallowtree Press, P.O. Box 76, Jay NY 12941. Mail order copies $14.00 (postpaid.)
    About "Poems For My Kids," A Note from the Editor with a 5-poem sampler.
    "Are you working on those memoirs yet?" (An Email Exchange.)  


    BACKGROUND  Martin Schwalbaum, an 18-year old who found himself at 60 with something more to say and turned again to poetry.

    PERSONAL  Born Brooklyn NY, 1930. Attended P.S.238, Brooklyn Technical High School. Hofstra College Hempstead NY, 1952. Graduate Studies English University of Virginia, 1953. US Navy Postgraduate School Monterey CA, USS Helena CA-75 and US Naval Training Center Bainbridge MD, 1953-1957. Book printing and publishing New York, 1958 to 1996. Vacation rentals Jay NY, 1997 to present. Lived with three, Married two, Divorced two, 6 kids. At home NYC, Long Island, the Adirondacks, down South, out West, nearby New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Traveled North America, Far East and Europe. Ran aground on Stonehouse Road 2001. Here for good.

    POETRY  Editor college poetry mag, The Voice. Workshop and read at US-1 Princeton NJ, PSA Peer Group NYC, South Mountain Milburn NJ, St. Marks Poetry Project NYC, Bergen Poets NJ, Church St. Center Burlington VT.
    Writing courses at UVM Burlington VT with Dan Lusk and Joan Aleshire. Recent publication Blueline (SUNY Potsdam).

    . Swallowtree (Schwalbaum) Bookmark design by Joni Sevick 1960.                  

    Swallowtree Press

    P.O. Box 76                   Jay NY 12941

    Dear Adirondack Visitor,

    Thanks for your interest in "Poems For My Kids," many of
    which have their setting right here in the High Peaks of the
    Adirondacks. $6 for guests while they're here at Fourpeaks.
    $14 by mail (postpaid). Here's a sampler.

    Look for Cascade Lakes (p.21) where the mountains close
    in on the highway to Keene and Connery Pond (p.17) in
    the quiet spot on the scenic river drive to Whiteface
    Mountain. Find the trailhead to Giant Mountain (p.23) to
    stop for a while when you make your drive through the
    notch to "E-town."

    Take the book home with you to re-visit the nearby
    AuSable Valley with the word pictures in Trillium (p.19),
    Venus (p.5) and Big Dipper (p.7) among the longer poems--
    and Rose (p.12), Moon (p.13), Fog (p.14) and Butterfly
    (p.16) in the shorter ones.

    And don't be surprised to find touches of this natural
    beauty coming back from other places--Durham Fair (p.1)
    and Belchertown (p.3)--in less idyllic surroundings--Winter
    Kill
    (p.33) and Hotel Chelsea (p.31)--and working out the
    problems and concerns in writing-- Swallows (p.42) and
    Mud (p.40).

    Good reading!

                   Sincerely yours,

                   Louise Merriam
                   Poetry Editor

    P.S. Here are Wainwright Mountain and Camp--two more
    Adirondack poems that have their settings right here at Fourpeaks,
    but didn't make it into the book.


    "Are you working on those memoirs yet?" (An Email Exchange.)

    Subject: Claire P***** wrote on your Wall...
    From: Facebook
    Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 22:06:52 -0700
    To: Martin Schwalbaum
    Claire wrote on your Wall:
    "Martin--Are you working on those memoirs yet?"
    Claire--
    "Are you working on those memoirs yet?"
    Yes. I figure it's about time.
    I'm collecting it all on my Fourpeaks webpage. You can see what I've done so far.

    Adirondack Poetry at Fourpeaks. I've made a poem or a short prose poem about every memorable event of my life. I think you must have a copy of my "Poems For My Kids," published in '95. If not I'll give you a copy next time you're here.

    A Personal Potpourri. 14 pages, including about me and Irene, me and Becky, the best 2 GF's I ever had, after Louise kicked me out.

    The Fourpeaks Story: 1967 to Today. 40 years of building and fixing my wilderness place. How it all happened.

    A Gentleman's Travel Notes. 10 pages, including the one about my last try to get back with Louise, or at least take her out for dinner, theater, music--whatever.

    How I got George. I still have to write about how he got dognapped by an evil dogcatcher for ransom.

    More pets. Tramp and Floppy, our family pets before the divorce. There's a lot about Albert my fave pet (a mini schnauzer who sang, 14 years, Louise adopted him when Joni kicked him out, how he got dognapped and Louise put an ad in the paper and found him in a flat in Hell's Kitchen) but I have to collect it and write it better. I'm not saying anything about Salt and Pepper, 2 mini schnau bitches we got after Albert. We got rid of Salt, a runaway. Pepper got loose and run over at the Stone House.

    My son Murray, his new wife, Iza, and their chicken, Carmalita. They live in Brooklyn so I don't get to see them a lot. But he helps me with computer stuff and says he'll run the place when I'm dead. She's an artist.

    My daughter Maggie, and our fun vacation together with hippies in SF. She lives in nearby Burlington so I get to see her for hiking and shopping.

    The '98 Ice Storm. How 100-year freeze just snapped the trees above us in the Stone House. Changed the forest foe a long time.

    I'm adding stuff as I get time and inspiration. Murray says I should get a video camera and put it all on YouTube. Iza could help. But I'd rather write about it. Thanks for asking.
    Love,
    Martin

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