Shelby Forrest is a well-known identity in Internet Poetry spheres. He is acclaimed as a Mentor and is an example to all who aspire to master rhyme and meter. His love of and commitment to Poetry continues to enhance the values and principles which so many seek to preserve in these troubled times. Countless lives and many journeys have been comforted and eased as a result and many souls have been enriched.
As a Poet, Shelby Forrest works the mechanics of his craft with an ease which enables him to reach all sections of society; and he extracts maximum advantage from the discipline that comes with having to match a wide range of subject matter with a defined technical style.
This is the style of Poetry a lot of us grew up with; and as such it has not only served to introduce us to the world of Poets, but it also defines our heritage whilst affording us the opportunity to put in perspective our own little part of the world around us.
Welcome to the poetic world of Shelby Forrest. Enter it and you will immediately recognize and appreciate what is considered a dying Art in most Poetry circles. You will also find a remarkable sympathy and understanding of the human condition as the story of life unfolds in a simple, yet revealingly honest way.
Mountain Mist Productions invites you to celebrate this life, as Shelby Forrest shares with you the observations and emotions of a Poet inspired by Family, Children, Animals, Faith, Love, Philosophy, Humor, the Military and a deep and abiding love for his country.
ABOUT SHELBY FORREST
Shelby is a retired Administrator, retiring as a School Principal after 35 years in the Upland Unified School District, Upland, California. His retirement from the United States Marine Corps Reserve coincided with the school district retirement. A Naval Aviator, Shelby retired as a Colonel with a total of 30 years service with the United States Marines. Ten of these years were served on active duty - 5 years during WWII and 5 years after recall for Korean War duty in 1950.
Since his retirement in 1983, Shelby has been a free-lance Photographer and Journalist and has also been a 'surrogate grandfather' in his role as a substitute Teacher in the lower grades of his school district. He has been an active member of St. Marks Episcopal Church since 1955, having served as a member of the Vestry and as Senior Warden. He has been a LEM, (Lay Eucharist Minister), and is still a lay reader. Shelby was a member of Toastmasters International, and a member of Upland Kiwanis for 20 years. He has also been a member of the University Club of Claremont for ten years, and is a current member of the Association of Naval Aviation, the Tailhook Organization, and the Marine Corps Aviation Association. He has also been a member of the California Administrators Association.
Shelby and his wife were married in 1953 and have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Shelby grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas but now resides in California, having moved there with the Marine Corps in 1943.
BOOKS by SHELBY FORREST
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