In the 2008-2009 time frame I had the good fortune to be asked by Glenna to help her with some computer issues she was having with her Tandy 1000 SX home computer system. While the system was still operational it was painfully slow and cumbersome to operate. I suggested that it was time to upgrade to a new laptop and she agreed however she never fully embraced her new Sony Vaio.
While she had scores of her poems published in various poetry collections she had never published a book of her own poems. After numerous iterations we had a manuscript ready but were unable to find a publisher so settled on self publishing with PublishAmerica. As with most self published books of poetry, "Never Far from Water" has gone largely unnoticed except by friends and colleagues.
Glenna had no living relatives at the time of her passing and had willed her estate to the care of Grace United Methodist Church where she had been a faithful member for many years. Cleaning out the contents of her home was like a treasure hunt. Her basement was partitioned into various project areas where she had furthered her interests in pottery, jewelry making, painting, woodworking and various other artistic endeavors. Her poetry and writing workshop was on the second floor and was filled with books and magazines and scores of boxes containing folders and smaller boxes of printouts generated on her Tandy 1000 computer. Under time constraints the goal became to attempt to keep at least one copy of every poem that she had written. The bulk of that effort produced about twenty boxes filled with published books containing one or more of her poems. These boxes are currently stored in the Grace Church Library. The printed pages were neatly packed into several more boxes and taken to my home with the intent of somehow making them available for the world to appreciate.
While I envisioned a final collection with each poem precisely captured and indexed I quickly realized that the amount of time it would take to complete that effort was at least an order of magnitude greater than the time I had to spend on it. Thus the task became merely to scan every page in the boxes and write a few lines of HTML that would allow any interested person with a computer to peruse Glenna's literary works. At this time (Holloway_1.0) about 80% of the pages have been scanned. What remains will require more careful sorting and preparation so I have chosen to pause that effort and focus on making an initial release.
Questions about the method and form of the release, ownership, copyright laws, the wishes of Glenna and other equally unknown or unknowable considerations constantly stalled the release.
Some poems appear in multiple directories. In some cases they are identical but upon closer examination there may be differences in a few lines. Which version should be published? Some poems, even to my eyes, are not remarkable. Should they be included? Some have been published in at least one book (Never Far From Water) and many in collections. Some pages acknowledge these previous publications. Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years! What are the implications of that?
It appears, as is so often the case in life, the safest and easiest path is to DO NOTHING!
So, this is the first release of the folder named Holloway_1.0. It is admittedly in rough form for which I apologize. One professional friend of Glenna emphatically stated that Glenna would only want her best and final works published. If I could pose that question to Glenna today, arguing that struggling poets could learn not only from her inspiring successes but also her mediocre failures, I believe that she would look off into the distance and nod in approval!
If you receive the Holloway_1.0 folder on a flash drive you should copy the entire folder onto your desktop or some other location on your local disk drive and then double click on the file named index.html inside the folder. The rest should be intuitive.
As you peruse the files please make a note of inconsistencies or errors you find in the links and I will try to incorporate necessary changes in the next release of Holloway_2.0.
I do hope that you enjoy the wonderful gifts that Glenna has left to us!
Award Winning Poems
01/15/2023 - Holloway_1.0: Initial Release
01/20/2023 - Holloway_1.1: "Never Far From Water" removed due to potential copyright issues with PublishAmerica. Visit the Grace Church library to check out a copy.
02/01/2023 - Holloway_1.2: Bundle released for inclusion on the Grace Church website at www.peopleofgrace.org.
Contact Grace United Methodist Church for copies of "Never Far From Water"