A Tribute to Richard E. Lee:
A Poet, Artist, and Friend
I have had many teachers in my life, but the one
who has taught me the most about poetry is Richard E. Lee. Through the many years I have
known him, Richard has been an inspiration to me, introducing me to great poetic works,
and enlightening me on the nature of poetry. It was because of his encouragement that I
decided to study poems more avidly, and it was under his guidance that my poetry began to
find its own voice.
Thus, I am indebted to Richard for the poems I write today, and for the positive and
profound influence poetry has had on my life in general. So it is with great pleasure that
I present to you a few of the poems and illustrations of a wonderful person whom I am
happy to have as a friend, Richard Lee.