A Boy’s First Diary
Sometimes a ten-year-old can teach us more about life, than anything we see on the evening news.
In his third book, Concord-based poet, Glenn K. Currie, takes us back to the 1950’s for a time-machine look at a different world. It is a ride that reminds us, with humor, how much life has changed for our children.
A Boy’s First Diary, published by Snap Screen Press in April, 2007, is a collection of poems, written by a ten-year-old boy, that tracks the chronological events that he deemed important in one year of his life, in the early 1950’s. The events take place in Stoneham, Massachusetts, but could have occurred anywhere in 1950’s New England.
These little poems have been in a dark, dusty place in the corner of my mind for the last 52 years, reveals Currie. All of the stories are pretty much true, although, as with most ten or eleven-year old boys, there may have been some embellishment.
Currie said some of the characters in the book are real people, and some are combinations of several childhood friends, blended together for simplicity.
In The Opera, Currie recalls the confusion and sheer boredom he felt on his first trip to the opera with his mother. Father’s Day brings back memories of a Sunday morning when he and his sister served his father breakfast in bed, and the interesting surprise they discovered on the bed stand.
Currie’s unique style has been embraced by a growing number of readers, and his first two books, Daydreams and Riding in Boxcars have enjoyed considerable success.
A Boy's First Diary is Glenn Currie's third and strongly recommended book of published poetry. This time his verse tracks the chronological events of a boy growing up in the Boston suburb of Stoneham, Massachusetts in the 1950s. A unique lyrical voice (Currie's poetry is noted for being unorthodox in style) the poems carry a consistent and recognizable message that readers with their own 50s childhood will readily remember with a nostalgia of their own
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