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About Tom Sharp

[Tom Sharp at the rim of Haleakala; photo by Terry M. Sharp]

Photo by Terry M. Sharp

“Tom Sharp, Ph.D., is the author of numerous books. He is a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He holds twenty patents, and is retired from IBM.”

Recently, I have written a Java program, MRadio, to play multiple simultaneous internet radio streams.

  • The book of science. I started writing this in 1997. Each week since 31 May 2011, I have added a new set of poetry and commentary reflecting on a milestone of the history of science.
  • Elements of science. On 4 March 2017, I added 111 milestones to The book of science to complete coverage of the 118 chemical elements.
  • Elements of elements of science is a subset of The elements of science consisting of the last poem for each element.
  • The booklet of science is a subset of The book of science consisting of the last poem for each milestone (skipping the elements).
  • SciFi, 2020. Poems about the effects of technology on culture.
  • Images, 2019, 2020. Poems about things that mean something else.
  • Foibles, Faults, and Fallacies, 2019. Poems about cognitive biases.
  • Things People Do, 2019. Poems about screaming, laughing, yawning, blushing, crying, muttering, cheering, and smiling.
  • The book of beliefs, 2019. Strange and kooky beliefs: conspiracy theories, aliens, UFOs, crop circles, cryptids, the undead, folk creatures, witchcraft, geomancy, the paranormal, miracle cures, and other hoaxes.
  • Poems by Tom, 2017. Poems about poetry—reading poetry and teaching poetry—with videos of me reading each poem, and music by Elizabeth Douthitt Sharp.
  • First Nations, 2016-2017. Native American themes, starting with the Fish Wars of Puget Sound.
  • Lyrics, 2013-2017. Lyrics and music, mostly just for fun.
  • travels, 2013-2016. Poems, mainly haiku, written on our trips to Peru, London, France, and Cuba, accompanied by photographs from the trips.
  • immortals of taoist mythology, 2012. I wrote these eight poems in 1985. The illustrations are paper and fabric depictions of the eight immortals distributed by the Schering Corporation to promote Meticorten.
  • A Life’s Work, 2012. Three sets of poems on grief, love, ducks and other things.
  • Monday Poems, 2012. 15 poems written mainly on the bus to work on consecutive Mondays in 2009.
  • Hans and the Clock, 2011. A novella in sixteen chapters concerning lives, contraptions, and unidentified flying objects. This work is password protected; please email for the password if you would like to read it.
  • The I Ching, or Book of Changes, 2003. 54 poems. I tossed coins and took my inspiration from the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm and Cary F. Baynes, with the foreword by C. G. Jung.
  • The Great Ideas: Reflections on the History of Western Thought, 2003. 102 poems based on the The Great Ideas, A Lexicon of Western Thought, by Mortimer J. Adler.
  • The Acts of Matthew and Andrew in the City of Cannibals, 2000, a translation from Old English of “The Legend of St. Andrew.”
  • Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, 1997, Taurean Horn Press, ISBN 0-931552-10-9. This book selects poems and prose written beginning in 1972 from seven books that I had previously published:
    • Balancing of Grinding Wheels
    • Synopsis of the Signal Systems
    • Ezra’s Book
    • Important Beater Instructions
    • Hans Hans
    • Personae
    • One Hundred and One Famous Poems
  • The Complete Hans Hans, 1997. Adds to the earlier cycle the beginning of an aborted novel, Hans Visits the Soda Fountain, and more recent pieces collected as “Real Life’s Thoughts.”
  • One Hundred and One Famous Poems (Totally Rewritten), 1995. Actually, 111 poems and 4 essays. Online, each poem is linked to a page that contains the original poem that you can hear read by Clifford Schwartz.
  • Personae, 1989. I modelled this on the works of William Carlos Williams (Charles Tomlinson’s selections from Spring & All), Robert Creeley (the first part of Memory Gardens), Jack Spicer (A Red Wheelbarrow), and Larry Eigner (selections in Room 3).
  • Hans Hans, 1988. The early cycle of short prose pieces featuring Hans—“Hans Goes to the Zoo,” “Hans Finds a Friend,” “Hans Gets a Job,” and “Hans Falls in Love.” These pieces follow a form that David Bromige used in Tight Corners & What’s Around Them (Black Sparrow Press, 1974). Hans entered history after graduation day in June 1973 when David Bromige and I met in a coffee shop in Rohnert Park and invented a form to suit Faceless Fussduck, detective. The form was first a set up, followed by anything that was logically consistent but that broke expectations: “Faceless Fussduck slowly raised his cold revolver. The closet was dark.” This discovery led to humor and new poetics, to experiments with logic, character, and plot.
  • By Day & Night, 1985. I composed this series of 57 short poems from notes that I had taken on trains to Chicago, New York, Austin, and San Diego while enjoying a one-month Amtrack rail pass.
  • Important Beater Instructions, 1985. This book collects poems that I read with Bill Vartnaw in Sonoma County on 5 August 1985.
  • “Objectivists” 1927-1934: A critical history of the work and association of Louis Zukofsky, William Carlos Williams, Charles Reznikoff, Carl Rakosi, Ezra Pound, and George Oppen, Stanford University, 1982, updated 2015. My PhD dissertation.
  • Ezra’s Book, after “Hilda’s Book” by Ezra Pound, 1980. With this book I began the practice of basing each poem on a piece by another writer, and of writing books, not individual poems.
  • Synopsis of the Signal Systems, 1979. This was also a cutout—based on the pamphlet published by the U.S. Marine Corp on Morse code and semphore. I considered this to be “Part Two of Absences and Presences” of Spectacles.
  • Balancing of Grinding Wheels, 1979. I took a pamphlet published by the Norton Company, cut out the text, leaving the illustrations, and pasted “some early love poems” where the text had been. Originally, I considered this small book to be part one of an unpublished book that I planned to title Spectacles.
  • The Problems, April 1972. A single poem on twelve-sheet mimeograph published by the Rhymers’ Club at Sonoma State College.
  • Not Lost, including poems and short stories that are not included in other books, particularly my early work going back to the age of 17.