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As well as his many stories, Porges has written down the years scores
of poems. Nearly all of these have been published locally, in Monterey County newspapers
and magazines, and are therefore not known to most readers of his fiction. Porges' poems
tend to be idea-based, in the manner of Browning, or Hardy. His poems cover such human
themes as mortality, loss and remembrance, as well as more cerebral reflections on time,
history and the natural world. Like his stories, Porges' poems often touch on quite
esoteric subjects. Some of his poems are playful and quirky; others are poignant. All are
strong on ideas, and his very best poems are very fine works indeed. Spring, 1836:
Selected Poems, is the title of a paperback collection of fifty-nine of Arthur Porges'
best poems. The book was published in November 2008.