PRAISE FOR "CREATION STORY"
"Yeats's second coming has nothing on these creation (and destruction) stories...These poems explore imperfect actual worlds and possible other worlds, the earth-bound and the cosmic, in a dazzling array of voices and scenarios."
MICHAEL DIEBERT, "Life Outside the Set"
"Whether dealing with the everyday, quantum physics, or fantasy, [these poems] seem to spring from the imagination of a young boy, the knowledge of a scientist, and the craft of a poet, combined."
KAREN PAUL HOLMES, "No Such Thing As Distance"
"From a vision of God as special education teacher constructing classroom valentines, to a drum choir of nasturtiums praising the Holy Spirit, Shields' poetry reflects themes of spiritual abundance and great joy."
BACK COVER, "Valentines for Many People"
Steven Owen Shields is an Atlanta-area poet whose past careers have included all-night radio personality and professor of mass communication. His poetry collections include Creation Story (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019) and Daimonion Sonata (Brick Road Press, 2005). His chapbooks include Random Acts of Childhood (2020) and Valentines for Many People (2012).
Shields currently serves as President of the Georgia Poetry Society and assists with the leadership of the Johns Creek Poets. His style has been described as surrealistic and "wildly creative." He is widely published in a variety of poetry journals and publications.