’Til the Well Runs Dry

’Til the Well Runs Dry

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About the Author

Joseph Leary was born in Boston, grew up in Franklin, MA, and still lives there. He has written for pleasure all his life. He has published many articles and book chapters in the field of dental implantology, a discipline he practiced as part of his profession. He started writing poetry in 2017. This is his first book of poetry.

His non-literary experience includes service as a Marine, an FBI agent, and a Periodontist, as well as wide variety of less visible, but nevertheless important tasks: floor washer, painter (of walls), mill worker, grocery clerk, chicken farmhand, etc.

With such varied life experience, he comes with a rich source of material for his poetry. Themes of this work are wide-ranging and include: humor, family relationships, self-knowledge, and the beauty of nature.

About the Illustrator

Beginning in childhood, Jack Leary continued a lifetime of creativity. He started in the art world, essentially self-taught, earning a place as the acknowledged class artist in high school. Later he studied at the Boston Museum School, eventually setting out on a solo journey that took him across Europe, the Baltics, and Asia. He spent months in India.

Returning to the United States (he crisscrossed the country, continuing to Mexico), sketching and painting all along the way; he eventually settled in Heber City, Utah, for many years. His work includes painting in multiple mediums: stained glass, wood carvings, collages, and reliefs in wood and paper. Much of it can be seen on his website. He’s had shows in Boston, North Carolina, California, and Utah.

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Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (March 27, 2024)

Also available on Kindle