Can you hear it? Life. Exploding, singing, shining all around us.

“When you’re a child, the world is full of shiny things — arrowheads and anthills, tiny skulls and frogs eggs, gopher holes and bottle caps, snakeskins, and polliwogs and strange, cool artifacts that came from outer space (maybe). You can’t grab them, touch them, taste them fast enough. Wonder is part of your daily routine.

And as you grow older, you realize the true power of shiny things. The power to distract and deflect and seduce. The power to empower transcendence. The power to rob you of yourself. The power to elicit joy and madness, hope and despair, rage and resolution.”

In his second book, CREEK SONGS (and Other Seductions), Scot Simmons celebrates the soulful songs of youth, exploration, and experience – the songs that nature and time’s passage sing to us — and the lessons that we sometimes learn (sometimes, not).

It is an eclectic collection of poetry, short stories and remembrances that speaks eloquently of connection (and of the abiding fear of dis-connect) in a world that frequently awes, often disappoints, and always challenges us.

Simmons’ writing exudes a fascination with life’s journey – the journey that, in the author’s own words “draws you like the glint in the eye of a smooth-talking carnival barker. Hypnotizes you like the approaching headlamp of a speeding train in the blackness of a moonless night – the one bound for parts unknown.”