Jack Shinholser - once a linebacker for the Florida State Seminoles and the Washington Redskins - went through four wives, alcoholism, family illness, and professional failure, but came out rhyming in the end in his new poetry book, I See: Mystical and Other Spirited Poetry and Poetics (Xlibris Corporation).
Though Shinholser says he failed at a lot of things and felt like Job as a result of all his tragedies, meditation eventually taught him how to sack stanzas and tackle the art of poetry.
But dont let the sensitive poet fool you.
As an All-American linebacker, Shinholser as no wimp on the field, earning the nickname The Wrecker, though it took some coaching to get the beatnik to beat up the opponent.
Says Shinholser: My high school coach once told me I wasnt mean enough to be a football player. So he proceeded to make me mean. Im more of a poet by temperament though.
I See is out on sale now.
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