As President of WyoPoets, I often receive correspondence from other state poetry organizations affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. One such envelope caught my attention because it came from Jupiter, Florida, where my brother lives. It contained a chapbook entitled Poetry by Ogden Nield and a letter from a woman in Jupiter representing him. According to the letter, Ogden Nield is 79 years old, lives in West Palm Beach, and gets around in a motorized wheelchair. He is also an artist, and his Boob Art series is available for viewing and purchase at http://creativememories-favorites.com/wordpress/boob-art-by-ogden-nield-2/. The response to his Boob Art has been encouraging, and he has also designed signs for stores in the West Palm Beach area.
Not much else is known about this author. According to his profile at http://www.mylife.com/ogdennield, he has lived in New Haven, Connecticut, and Pompano Beach, Florida. He was born in 1934 and graduated from BrearleySchool in New York in 1952.
Poetry, Ogden Nield’s first collection, contains 19 pages of work on a variety of topics including love, terrorism, and nature. Most of the poems are untitled. Some are abstract, others brutally honest with vivid imagery. This is definitely an interesting book of poems. It’s available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books A Million.