West Linn's Laurence Overmire releases fourth book of poetry
West Linns Laurence Overmire has completed his fourth book of poetry after an ancestral quest to Scotland. In The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poets Journey, which will release on May 27, Overmire highlights his possible connection with iconic poet Robert Burns.
My great-grandmother was a Burns, and she believed that in her Burns family they were related to the poet Robert Burns, he says. So my journey to Scotland became in some way a mystical journey, a quest for me to learn more about my Scottish ancestry and this mysterious connection to Robert Burns.
Overmire, a poet and genealogist, took a three-week trip to Scotland in 2014 with his wife, Nancy McDonald, and had no intention of publishing his work.
After I went to Scotland I wanted to have a way to preserve the experience for myself and my wife, so it started out as a personal thing, Overmire says. I realized this is a much bigger book.
A launch celebration for the work is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. June 5 at Singer Hill Café in Oregon City.
One of the things I did when I wrote these poems is include a lot of history so that people would have a richer experience when they go to these places and have more of an idea what the history is and how it connects to various people.
My philosophy is everyone coming together, working together and appreciating one another, Overmire says, and thats really what Robert Burns was all about, a universal consciousness where everyone is equal.