Poet releases second book

reg williamsMILFORD – Milford Poet and Author Reg Williams wants to encourage her readers to, “go against the grain,” with her new collection of poetry, “Tales from a Rogue.”

Ms. Williams launched her new work with family, friends and the Milford Chronicle on Saturday during a reception at the Hampton Inn.

Her book, which consists of 50 original poems, is more than a message to readers to be bold, Ms. Williams said it is a reflection of herself.

“Tales from the Rogue,’ I think is me. I am the rogue. My rogue is someone that is not afraid to go against the grain,” Ms. Williams said.

When asked where her words come from, Ms. Williams replied, “from within. Things that I have experienced. Some of it I write and it’s finished and others I write and I rewrite and I feel like it is never finished.”

She described her writing process as being, “all over the place.”

“I could be driving down the road and something will come to me and I will have to pull over and scribble it down on a napkin. Other times I can be just sitting at home and come up with complete works,” Ms. Williams said.

That process has worked for Ms. Williams. “Tales from a Rogue,” published by Strategic Book Publishing, is her second poetry book. Her first, “Shadows of Wisdom, Whispers of Love,” was published by the Publish America publishing house in 2012.

“That one I call my starter book. This one is more mature. There is satire, sonnets, and some works I dedicated to Shel Silverstein and Chaucer,” she said.

The Milford High School graduate and Navy veteran’s book includes poems like, “Thinking,” which is meant to reflect on the consequences associated with choices made; “A Child to Kiss the Tears,” telling the many wonders of a child and how a child’s innocence can be spiritually uplifting; and “The Doctor’s Deceit,” a poem showing that some of the most seemingly trustworthy people can be deceptive, according to the back cover of her new book.

“I have been working in poetry since elementary school. I don’t always know if someone is going to get it, but I write what speaks to me. I feel like if someone gets at least one poem out of each book I have done my job,” said Ms. Williams.

Her first book, she said to 12 years to put together. Her second came to gather in less than a year.

“Both books are under contract, I didn’t have to self-publish. I feel blessed,” Ms. Williams said.

They are available at barnesandnobel.com and amazon.com for less than $10.

For more information about Ms. Williams’ newest book, “Tales from a Rogue,” visit, http://sbprabooks.com/RegWilliams.

“Get out there and grab your rogue. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain,” said Ms. Williams.

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