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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916525-0
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 66 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-916526-7
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 66 pages
  • Keywords
    • Free verse,
    • Meditations on life,
    • Emotions and feelings,
    • Transformation and renewal,
    • Nature poetry,
    • Self-reflective,
    • Philosophical poetry

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Gypsy Muse
by Norman Bruce Ayers

We all create false mountains to climb. Gypsy Muse is a collection of free verse poetry chronicling that journey, and how we move beyond. Its subject matter strolls the depth and breadth of life: reinvention of the self later in life, the majesty and wonder of the natural world, and the inner landscape of the soul. It will appeal to readers who want to broaden their horizons and learn to see the world from a new perspective, as well as those who simply want to glorify in the beauty of language. Gypsy Muse is a collection of questions, not answers. Thoughts spanning sixty years of the author’s life are inspired by his own experiences. He has travelled across the provinces, territories, and states in North America, plus Mexico, Great Britain, and western Europe. For Ayers, poetry is a puzzle where hidden meanings abound. It exercises the intellect to pursue in thought where a poem may lead.

Norman Bruce Ayers was born in 1941 to a hunting family. He was a gifted child who started reading at three years old. As a teen he worked summers as a farm labourer, cowboy, and commercial fisherman. He joined the RCMP in 1959, completed a BCom at Carleton in 1978, and retired in 1995 as Superintendent of Federal Policing in Manitoba. Ayers acts in the local community theatre, loves live opera, and often recites poetry to groups. He is fascinated by genealogy, and has lectured on computer crime, statistics, ethics, and PERT/CPM. He studied French and Japanese, and every year he bikes over 4000 km, and Nordic skis in the off season. Norman’s wife of 55 years passed away in 2018. He moved to Invermere to be close to his son, who is also in the RCMP. His daughter is raising a family outside of Toronto. His companion Anita lives in Kimberley, and they often travel together, as far off as Ireland, Amsterdam, and southern Spain.


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