Poetry. Jewish Studies. TIDAL WAVE is the debut collection by Dennis H. Lee, winner of the first Henry Morgenthau lll Poetry Prize for a poet 70 or older. "A serious achievement," notes judge David Keplinger, "of growing up and growing older, as if these two worlds existed simultaneously on parallel planes." This spirited collection careens between funny and serious, with poems teetering on stories, stories teetering on dreams, and dreams that evoke a dark underbelly, a tidal wave of what it feels like to be human.
Dennis H. Lee grew up in Brooklyn and would spend Shabbat at his grandparents' home just outside of Seagate, on Coney Island. His parents owned a stationery store on 44th Street in the theatre district of Manhattan, where he met many actors. He graduated from the College of the Sequoias, with a degree in Electronics and he served in the US Navy, part of that time on the USS Enterprise. In the 1960s, he sang with the doo-wop group The Nocturnes, which once followed Richie Havens at the Cafe Wha? in NYC. He worked as a computer software engineer for many years. Dennis and his wife, Donna, co-founded the Delaware Valley Poets Reading Series in Princeton, which continued for more than twenty years.
Author City: HILLSBOROUGH, NJ USA