Grayling native releases book of poetry which spans over five decades of his life

A Grayling native and advocate for youth recently released a book of poems, which has been in the works for 52 years and covers topics from the Vietnam War to family and friends.
Doug Wilson’s book, Echoes and Shadows, includes 145 poems written over a 52-year-period.
Wilson fell in love with poetry as a 17-year-old Grayling High School student when he and his peers were covering a segment on American poetry.
“I really liked the poetry,” he said. “I thought it was a good venue to  express feelings and thoughts and ideas, so I began to write and I had the encouragement from a couple of my teachers, and so I did that all the way through  college and all the way through  my adult life.”
Wilson said the title Echoes and Shadows is based on recalling events from memory, trying to grasp the meaning behind things you see in day-to-day life, and trying to intertwine the two.
The collection features a mixed genre of sonnets, eulogies, and philosophy. It is aimed to appeal to people over a long period of time, which young people can relate to and older adults can find some meaning in the poems.
Wilson graduated from Grayling High School in 1969, and then went on to Central Michigan University, where he graduated in 1972.
Poems focus on his college days, the Vietnam War, and recollections of life events. Topics covered also include the beloved Detroit Tigers sportscaster Ernie Harwell, renowned American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe, as well as writings dedicated to family and friends.
“I wanted to write something that everybody could read and understand and that would have meaning to people,” Wilson said.
Wilson and his wife, Tracy, the marketing director for North Central Area Credit Union, have four grown children.
Wilson served as a teacher for the Crawford AuSable School District, and served as the director AuSable Valley Youth Services Bureau for 36 years as a youth counselor and serving as a family social worker.
He now works part-time at the Grayling Elementary School as a playground and cafeteria supervisor, but can also fill in for teachers when given short notice.
“I do substituting when they run short and they can slide me from my job right into a classroom,” he said. “It’s pretty much whatever they need.”
Echoes and Shadows is self-published by Wilson through 
Wilson will make an appearance  at  Tip’n the Mitten, where the book is available for sale, on Saturday, November 2.
Books are available at or or by calling (800) 288-4677.

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