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Knowing Firsthand Cover Knowing Firsthand is a short collection of favorite poems I've written over the last twenty years. Each hard-backed book contains 18 of my best poems, and is crafted and bound individually by my own hand.

Like most poets, self-publishing is the only practical way of inflicting your learning poems on family and friends. At some point, however, the actual making of the books became almost as interesting a hobby to me as the writing. I hope I bring the reverent mind of the craftsman to each activity, to do merely the best I can with what I have. So, I like to think of each book as if it's its own little work of art. At only $10 (USD) per book, most agree that it's an excellent value as a collectible, or keepsake gift for book lovers of all kinds! And, of course, I'd be happy to add an autograph or inscription, as you like.

I accept and ship all orders via surface mail. Each book is lovingly made by hand, so I can accept pre-paid orders only. Orders are filled fairly quickly, usually within two weeks. To discuss an order by phone, or to obtain the ordering address, please e-mail me at: StevePiper@Lycos.Com.

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