THE LEAVES OF YOUTH— A new collection of original poems.
UPDATE 7/12/2017: The book is out to a national contest and is being read by a literary judge this summer. Results to be announced in October 2017.
UPDATE 7/12/2017: Added an annotated Table of Contents graphic to this webpage.
Lifelong artist and writer Ara Hagopian has selected 100 of his best poems from the pages of his youth—the “leaves” of loose handwritten papers he kept hidden in an old briefcase for over thirty years. See the fascinating arc of ideas that sprang from age 13 to 50, as the highs and lows of a socially-active teenager grew into youthful longings and ultimately, the wisdom of adulthood.
- Genre: Original poetry, with several presented as historical stories.
- Length: 100 poems, 30k words, 277 pages.
- Format: Softcover, 5.5″ x 8.5″.
- Price: $15.95 with free continental US domestic shipping (MA sales tax where applicable). International price is $20.95 delivered.
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READ TWO SAMPLE POEMS
PDF of Hayward’s Grave, written January 24, 1985:
PDF of Remembering Anne, written December 2, 1987:
READ ABOUT: My first poetry reading, which was held May 5th, 2017!
TO COME: Reader reviews, special photographs, and more! Bookmark this page and visit often.
Hello readers, Ara here. Four days prior to publication, I came across this old letter from the Wakefield Superintendent of Schools. Note that Dr. Maio made three references to my poetry. When I asked for his recommendation, I must have given him the three poems I’d written through 1982. This letter is reproduced in the book, with permission.
Nine months after the book was published, I was able to sit with each poem and roughly categorize ten stages as the work (and my life) progressed. Some of these stages were brief, while others lasted much longer. For instance Stage 2 lasted less than three months, while Stage 10 exceeded 16 years.
Also by Ara Hagopian:
THE FIERY WINDS a novelette (2015) http://www.FieryWindsTheBook.com
WHAT HAPPENED TO VICKY LEE? A COLLECTION OF STORIES (2013) http://www.VickyLeeTheBook.com