Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ex-Football Player Turns Poet After Life’s Fumbles

DeBary, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An ex-football star is turning a lifetime of failure into some heartfelt haikus.

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 don’t 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 wasn’t mean enough to be a football player. So he proceeded to make me mean. I’m more of a poet by temperament though.”

I See is out on sale now.

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