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Arthur Vaso is a Canadian poet, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He has had his works published in local papers/magazines as well as on many Web sites. He has traveled extensively around the world, and writes about a wide variety of topics.
 


GUEST POET FREDERICK SPINNEY


Blog Posted:7/30/2017 10:20:00 PM

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Sense and Nonsense   by Frederick H. Spinney

First Published New York, 1947

This has been a project over a year in the making. The guest poet was a friend of the families, however he has passed on, and the publishing company no longer exists.  It took a fair amount of research to obtain a book, and then legal permissions to be able to proceed. I want to thank the dedicated team I have behind the scenes, for not only their legal help, but the research that was required to get to this point. Many do not realize the great people behind any writer that makes all things possible. My web site would not be what it is without their help. As I write on current day and political issues, is great to have such legal expertise behind me, before publishing posts and writings. You all know who you are and thank-you.

Any errors in fact are mine, as I have relied on stories from a few people, and as I didn’t take notes at the time I hope I have remembered correctly.

Fredick H. Spinney was a teacher in Quebec, Canada, however I believe he came from Nova Scotia, and then had a summer home in Morin Heights Quebec, where my relatives met him. He was a school teacher, and a few of his hobbies were gardening and poetry. I had never heard of this person, and only when, a few years ago, I mentioned to my family, my poetic skills or lack there of, my father, told me of this man. He remembers spending summers in Morin Heights, Quebec as a boy, and when he was outside hearing the clack clack of Mr. Spinney’s typewriter.

 

I have managed to get hold of a book he published, called "Sense and Nonsense" and if only for the family connection, read it from cover to cover. I admit some poems, didn’t tickle my fancy, and yet a few really did. He was unpretentious, and just seemed to jot down his impressions at the moment. For me, what I enjoyed reading, is the book was published in 1947 and so you get to see the style of language used at the time, as well as the mood. This was just after the war, and thus there are many references within his poems. He seemed also to be an avid gardener also reflected in his poetry.

As I Have done a few posts on Darrens garden I found this to be very interesting, and I hope Darren will smile. Hopefully we will both laugh and the sense and the nonsense of life.

What is also interesting, in reading poetry from years ago, is how some things never change. I found that to be very amusing, and even I am sure thise who need to learn from this, will not have the eyes open, so to speak. For the rest, enjoy this whimiscal poetry.

I hope to post more poems from this poet as times permits, in fact I am reviewing one now called “Nova Scotia”

 

 

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Date: 8/6/2017 3:38:00 PM
Those were very nice words written for Frederick.
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Date: 8/2/2017 2:35:00 PM
very neat
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Date: 8/1/2017 10:04:00 PM
by the way, I just saw the movie about a folk artist named Maudie. SHE too was from Nova Scotia!! A wonderful movie.
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Date: 8/1/2017 10:03:00 PM
Very interesting, Arthur. Gosh, I had come briefly to the blogs today and don't recall even seeing this one here before. Yes, you need to post an example of one of his best and short poems!!
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:38:00 PM
Hurry it up with 'Nova Scotia,' will you? I'm not so patiently waiting to read more from F. Spinney.
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Date: 8/1/2017 11:16:00 AM
Very interesting post xoxoxoxo
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Date: 7/31/2017 5:40:00 PM
great words, ones you can read over and over again....Seren
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arthur vaso
Date: 8/1/2017 12:35:00 AM
Hope yo find a few more gems to post! Thanks.
Date: 7/31/2017 5:06:00 PM
Btw welcome back
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arthur vaso
Date: 8/1/2017 12:33:00 AM
Thanks was hectic in France, and have to return soon!
Date: 7/31/2017 9:05:00 AM
I haven't yet read his work but he sounds interesting and I will do so soon!
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:33:00 AM
I hope it inspires such a fine poet as you!
Date: 7/31/2017 6:30:00 AM
A pleasure to read poems by such a talented poet. Poems that one can relate to message as well as admire the soul and beauty of. Poets that still wrote in a more classic way with not only a beautiful flourish but also a meaningful and morality based message interwoven to share with the reader, IMHO.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 8/1/2017 9:21:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Much appreciated is your kindness and high regards.. As poets we should try to give to others with every poem we write.Be it beauty for beauty's sake or a helpful message/wisdom in our offerings for life's sake, IMHO.
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:32:00 AM
He reminded me a bit of you Robert! Glad you enjoyed.
Date: 7/31/2017 5:23:00 AM
Poet Spinney certainly had a flair for words. There's a certain beauty in the flourish of his poetry, the same kind found in the elegance of handwriting of decades gone by. Thank you for introducing his poetry to the site, Arthur.
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:30:00 AM
Yes it was interesting to have some insight into his life and then read his book! Is also interesting to study the evolution of the English language!
Date: 7/31/2017 3:40:00 AM
What an interesting blog and thanks for bringing Frederick's work to my attention:-) I enjoyed the 2 poems and will drop by the blog in the future to read more:-) hugs jan xx
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arthur vaso
Date: 8/1/2017 12:29:00 AM
Thanks Jan!
Date: 7/30/2017 11:57:00 PM
Darren smiles :) I just read the poems and I must say I like this a lot.
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:28:00 AM
Yes knowing they were written in the 40's makes it so interesting!
Date: 7/30/2017 10:31:00 PM
He is a real talent Arthur. I would love to read more of his work.
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Date: 8/1/2017 12:27:00 AM
Thanks Tim, took a lot of research to get all this.

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