In Memory of J. Paul Holcomb who passed from this life
Dec 16th, 2019.
- Paul's Pointers
For more than 10 years J. Paul Holcomb delivered poetry lessons to us at the Denton Poets' Assembly focusing primarily on classical poetry forms. These lessons served as the foundation for poetry assignments the following meeting.
Each month, J. Paul gave lessons about a different poetry “pointer” to the group. He passed out lessons, often about a new form of poetry or a technique that we may not have heard of. Then he challenged us to write a poem employing his tips and/or the new form to bring to the next month’s meeting. These were not required —just a fun challenge that we could attempt if we wanted.
At every meeting, we shared our efforts at Paul’s previous lesson, discussed the lesson for the next month, and then shared any other poetry that we brought.
Paul's prize-winning poems were published in numerous journals and anthologies. His first book of poems, Love, or Something Like it, was a prize winner of the Lucidity Chapbook Book Award from Bear House Publishing in 1997. His most recent book of poems, Looking for Love in the Telecom Corridor, won The Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award and was published by Eakin Press. Paul was a past president of the Poetry Society of Texas, and a winner of PST's Hilton Ross Greer Outstanding Service Award. He also served as an officer for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He wrote a column of poetry, "Discussing Poetic Forms with the Poet from Double Oak," for the DFW Poetry Review and taught writing to students in the Dallas Independent School District for the Writer's Garret Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. His columns appeared regularly in Poet's Forum Magazine.
Paul had a pleasant smile, a hearty laugh, and was always ready to encourage and help us develop our poetry. We miss him dearly.