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Word Whittling: Poetry by Jose H. Varela

Lawyer Poet

Jose H. Varela has always been enthusiastic about great writing.  As a reader, writer, and poet he plays with words and revels in the power of language.   Upon retiring from a thirty plus year career as a public defender and trial attorney, Mr. Varela is now focused on writing that rediscovers his past, engages his present reality, and creates images for people to reflect on their own personal life treasures.

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Brushes with Life

September 16, 2020

Brushes with Life is Mr. Varela's first self-published work.  The cover art is by Jetta Van Hemert.  Brushes with Life is poetry and published essays.  Traveling the reality of life in the towns and cities Mr. Varela's life has taken him, Brushes with Life is life.   To order from Amazon click on this link:

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Word Whittling: Poetry by Jose H. Varela Brushes with Life.  First self published work.  September 16, 2020

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Mr. Varela's first self published work took several years to write.  It is as expected a first attempt.  But as you read you will be drawn into a world of words that paints a past and a very real present.  In the end you will feel as one reader surmised.  

"Your shared collection invites a dialogue with an artist who has honed their perspective through witnessing redemption, walked in grace through service, and is infused with more than a hint of the musicality I know to be at the core of who you are. " Billy Higgins

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