About the poet: John Freeman taught English and creative writing at the University of Arkansas, Tarlton State University, and Mississippi State University. He has also been an automobile mechanic, marina manager, and warehouse manager. Prior to his retirement, he taught at Oakley Training School, the Mississippi state reform school for incarcerated male juvenile delinquents. His first book of poems, Illusion on the Louisiana Side, was published by Pygmy Forest Press (1994).1989 0-88946-638-6
Contains a history of relations between the municipality and the diocese of Grasse from the origins of the city in the 12th century to the separation of church and state in 1905. Proposes that laicization of local institutions, not dechristianization, was the source of modernity in Grasse.2002 0-7734-3429-1
Two themes run like intertwining threads, related at deep psychic levels: a Wordsworthian love of nature, and an abiding interest in the work of psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung.