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Irvin R. Brookstein (aka) Ray Brookstein, RayRay (poetic moniker) American Poet and Author… Retired in South Florida. Born in New York 8/8/1952 to Michael “George”Brookstein (deceased) an Army WWII war hero and Ex-POW in Nazi Germany and Estelle Brookstein (age 92) London Born mother of 3, War Bride, lived through the “Battle of Britain” a political activist.
Early Development – Grew up during the turbulent 1960’s where I experienced numerous life changing events: Cuban Missile Crisis, Space Race, Man/Flag on the Moon, Kennedy Assassination(s) & MLK, Military Draft, Vietnam War and Protests..Kent State, Democratic National Convention Riots, Chicago 1968
Highlights – Early life on Long Island, Named Top the Athlete at MacArthur HS ‘70 Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Captain of every team I ever played on.
Education – The University of Pennsylvania,(Penn)’74, All-Ivy(Twice) ‘73 & ‘74 and All-American Lacrosse Midfield 1974.
Professional Career – Life and Health insurance agent for 37 years, Connecticut General, CIGNA, and Guardian Life, And Independent Sales Agent, Manager and Trainer, trained over 500 agents.
Roots of Writing – Coached recreational and travel Soccer teams for 20 years, coached a Colorado State Champion Youth Lacrosse team. As a youth soccer coach, I started to express thoughts through newsletters written for the children and their parents. Learned to write in such a way that a child could understand.
Poetry laid dormant for many years, through a difficult Marriage, children and surviving Cancer in 1992. Began Writing Poetry in late early 90’s.
Poetic Style – Simplistic and distilled thoughts of the world around me in such a way that the essence could be easily understood. Heartfelt expressions of love, emotions, relationships and world events… politics, rhyme and rhythmic, lighthearted with some levity and satire with an emphasis on message.