Candid, Charming Poems in First Time Death Is Still an Amateur, Published by Outskirts Press

Virginia Beach, VA, July 13, 2010 --( Georgia native and Vietnam veteran Ed Moroney today announced the release of his first volume of poems, First Time Death Is Still an Amateur: Poetry of a Man Dispossessed of Talent, published by Outskirts Press. Self-deprecating, charming and candid, Moroney comfortably serves up to his readers all manner of questions about life in a series of delightfully meditational and poetic meals for their minds.

Sometimes philosophical, sometimes humorous, Moroney writes sincerely and convincingly about love, the afterlife, God, nature, romance, religion and death. His witty and often whimsical style makes readers want to consider each of these subjects, no matter how weighty they might otherwise seem.

He ruminates often on the meaning of religion and the actuality of God: “This God thing is all quite confusing / which I’m sure He finds amusing.”

He speculates on what life would have been like if he’d been endowed with other abilities than those he has: “Talent would’ve been nice / as a God given device / to instill some ambition / limited to this edition.”

A traditionalist in form, Moroney writes verse that is rhymed and metrical and at times even blank verse, but his tone is always familiar, his vocabulary always friendly and casual. His approach to his subjects, as the preceding quotes show, is uniquely individual and perfectly enjoyable.

First Time Death Is Still an Amateur is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5772-4 Format: 6 x 9 paperback SRP: $17.95
Genre: Poetry/general

About the author:
Ed Moroney was born in Atlanta Georgia on the 28th of March, 1949. An Air Force brat and the eldest of nine children, he would attend six different elementary schools and three high schools before settling down in Bowie, Maryland. After a tour of duty in Viet Nam, he maintained a Marine Corps Reserve commitment for 43 years and served with the Prince George County Police Department for 27 years, retiring as a patrol sergeant. He holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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