Plaintive Music by Ron Domen


These are intellectual love poems – love for the planet, for human beings, for deep learning, and for understanding the earthy history of people and things. Affection resides here for the small details that will draw the reader from the personal to an expanding universe. The words sing of cells of human skin and heart, and cells of wood, plants, animals, frogs, and owls. Science and art are in harmony in this collection. If a poem falls unobserved, has a sound been made? Read the poems aloud or in silence, read them in the forest or in a library; lovely earth sounds abound! —Judy Schaefer

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  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 84
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: October 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-939929-90-7


The poems in … are, quite simply, lovely. His poems capture our real world in language that is sensuous and offered in just-right rhythms—his lines are melodic, with internal rhymes and a cadence reminiscent of the poems of another physician-poet, William Carlos Williams. In this book, Domen gives us beautifully “Plaintive Music,” right-on imagery, and touches of mystery that both intrigue and satisfy. A collection to be read, and reread many times. – Cortney Davis


Found Poem: A Rainy Day
—for Charles Burchfield (1893-1967)

The moist air holds the smoke
prisoner and the breeze carries
it idly about mingling it
with its own steamy breath
until we cannot tell which is which;
thoughts and movements are softened
an absence of sunlight
bird and insect songs
all things swell –
the earth, plants, wood
and even iron –
we must expand like the leaves.


Ron DomenRon Domen is a physician in south central Pennsylvania where he is a Professor of Pathology, Medicine, and Humanities, and a former Associate Dean, at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. He was born in rural Ohio and grew up in the industrial northeastern part of Ohio. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Youngstown State University and his MD degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico).

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Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in