Jeffrey Guice worked for years in New York City and Washington D.C., while traveling throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and even spent some time in Antarctica. But the true discoveries came from inside himself. That poetic journey continues here in his third book called Poetic Justice.
Editorial note: When I first saw this powerful image, it immediately reminded me of the rapid decline through fifty years of liberal Landrieu-family politics.
This sometimes meditative, sometimes irreverent book of poems and short stories is volume three in Jeffrey Pipes Guice's series of poetry collections. In Poetic Justice, he shares his thoughts and interpretations of what he sees going on in society, using images found throughout the world, specifically on the Internet and social media. Using an approach he calls "method writing," Jeffrey immerses himself into an image and tries to understand what the person or place depicted might be thinking, allowing his imagination to completely take over, then voicing his opinion on what he sees.
Self-expression and social interaction have never been more available to our collective society as it is now. Jeffrey hopes his collection will allow you to look at your own world a little differently, to go deep into your soul and ask yourself what is going on and how we can all come together in our shared world.
The thriving, international city of New Orleans is brimming with delicious food, unique music, and eccentric, sometimes backwards, culture. Exposure to such a rich, diverse environment pushed a young Jeffrey Pipes Guice to explore more. He would spend years in New York City and Washington D.C. and travel the world. He traversed, Europe, Africa, Asia, and even spent some time in Antarctica. The only place he never set out to discover was inside himself.
"Defining Moments" is a poetic journey within. Prose stories are mixed into the lyrical works which express the excitement of discovery and insights gained from a lifetime of travel— plus a bit of introspection.
"Poetic License" is an enthralling compilation of poems and short stories that shares the author's eccentric view of the world, people, and places that shape his unusual way of thinking. The poems and stories in this book dive into the author's understanding of his identity as a friend, father, and a normal human being. The concept of "normalcy" is certainly arbitrary and means different things to different people. But it is the author's hope that whoever reads this book will find at least one poem or short story that will make them laugh, cry, or connect on some normal human level.
Most of these poems and short stories started with an actual image, or maybe an initial thought. Whether they start with a dream, a memory, or a totally bizarre visual, these writings dive deeply within – allowing imagination to take over. When writing, author Jeffrey Pipes Guice attempts to transcend his ego, allowing the words or thoughts to write themselves. In 2021, Guice celebrated his thirteenth year of sobriety. It has only been in the last few years that he has finally come to understand himself – including his shortcomings and insecurities. All of this has helped him reach the point where he felt strong enough to write this book.
My Wonder Years
The journey within...
Having grown up in the internationally loved city of New Orleans, with all its delicious food, unique music, eccentric and sometimes backward culture, I realized early on and I wanted to get out and see the rest of the world.
After spending years working in Washington, DC and New York City
and traveling extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, as well
as visiting some interesting places such as Yemen, Havana, Jerusalem,
Moscow, Argentina, and even spending some time in Antarctica, I came to realize that I never really stopped to discover myself, who I am on the inside, and who I wanted to be as a son, a father, a friend and a companion.
This, my fourth book of poetry and short stories, is based on my journey
from my first 18 years. Hopefully, there will be more to come as I continue to travel on this exciting discovery of who I am on this journey within.