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Introduction to Ernest Noyes Brookings, poet and engineer:
Ernest Noyes Brookings was born in 1898 in Newbury, Massachusetts.
He served in the Navy, attended MIT, and settled
in Springfield, Vermont, where he worked as a designer
of machine parts. When not designing, Mr. Brookings
avidly pursued astronomy, the game of tennis and ham radio.
In 1979, while residing at the Duplex Nursing Home
in Boston, he met David Greenberger who was employed
there as activities director. Seeing his interest
in the poetry of others, David suggested he write some
of his own, which he immediately began doing provided
he was supplied with a theme to write about. Emerging
with a style of his own from the outset, his poems began
appearing regularly in The Duplex Planet as well as
numerous other publications. His book, We Did
Not Plummet Into Space, was published in 1983.
In the last seven years of his life Ernest Brookings
took to writing poetry with the vigor of youth
or of a man with little time to spare. He wrote nearly
four hundred poems on a wide variety of subjects - from
Frankenstein to Harry Truman, from broken hearts
to kissing, from chairs to rockets - all receiving
equal attention and all arranged with his gentle mixture
of faith and logic.
Ernie died in 1987.
Dr. Al Ackerman's introduction
to Brookings' book
Ernest Noyes Brookings
- tributes and remembrances