Book #6 for Mel

Since I have been editor of this blog, I have been constantly amazed at the talents of our members and am so glad when I can let others know too.  We are priveleged to have worked with such an amazing group of people.  Mel Senator retired in 1995 as House Master for Fairfield High School. He has done a considerable amount of writing since his retirement. What follows is on the jacket of his latest book of poetry, The Constant Floe ofThoughts.  Available at:

More information on Mel's other poetry collections at:

Right from the title itself, The Constant Floe of Thoughts challenges you to see even the simplest things in life through the prism, the old silvered looking glass, of Mel Senator’s mind.  Senator struggles with the ice floe that is his aging self, whether approaching him threateningly, or moving away again, a reprieve.  With crystalline imagery and delicate description, his poems lay out his aching heart, the deep layers of love for his wife, mother, friends, children, nature. He is both one with his surroundings and standing slightly off-center, observing with sun-wrinkled eye. Constant Floe is sunset, the ravishing glory of the end of things, which Senator accepts and even welcomes with reverence, humor and affection. The Constant Floe of Thoughts is a treasure from start to finish.


Mel Senator, author of Catskill Summers (2000), Reflections in Haiku (2006), Soft Landings in Poetry (2009), Soft Landings in Poetry (2011), and Soft Landings Finale (2014), is an adjunct professor of American History and Teacher Educations.  He and his wife, Shelly, enjoy hiking and biking the shores along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  Summers are spent at their home in Cape Cod near the national seashore.

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10.10 | 15:15

Bravo, Bob! What a fruitful "retirement".

19.09 | 07:11

You were my Hebrew school teacher at Temple Beth Zion and instilled a love of Jewish learning that has lasted a lifetime.

08.08 | 15:17

My sincere appreciation for your tremendous loss.

18.06 | 07:42

Woops. Sorry for the error Vicki.

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