Gray Matter Graffiti
Circle Design Incorporated
214 pages, paperback, 2008
Well, here it is at long last "warts and all"- Sam W. Reimer's Gray Matter Graffitti: remnants of collections lost... an early gallery from some alleyways & other by-ways. This initial collection of some 200 original written works (of which only a handful have previously seen the light of day) draws from a prodigious assemblage penned during four decades of expressive poetic ideation-as the book title suggests, these poems have percolated in the bard's brain long enough-they're good and ripe by now and ready to be read by all.
Sam's poems provide a plaintive voice for our tempestuous times-his unique commentaries on life and love (and love-lost ennui) are at once poignant, unapologetically direct, and (often) edged with the tragic-his ponderings range from the profane to the sacred, drill deep, and dare to pose unanswerable questions. Unheralded, unsung, and little published though Sam's inspired ruminations have been in the past, they're finally compiled, printed, bound, and available for a broader readership.
It's our hope that as you dip in and out of this book, you do so with an open mind (which, like a parachute, works much better than when closed)... and as you read, let Sam's pen sketch stories, pictures, contemplations on blank pages of your own imagination. The works offered are Sam's invitation to laugh, to cry, to curse, and to reflect-on opportunities long gone and outcomes yet to come. Enjoy...
(from the Introduction, by Robert L. Peters, Editor)