Local resident publishes his first collection of poetry

For many, becoming a published author seems out of reach, but one local man has achieved his lifelong dream of publishing poetry.

Scott Dicus self-published his collection of poetry featuring the good, the bad, and a medley of his thoughts and life experiences.

Dicus grew up in Elvins before Park Hills was established, attending and graduating from Central High School in 1996. One of the people who inspired Dicus to write is Central’s retired English and Spanish teacher High School Willa Hassell, who has worked for the district for over 30 years. Hassell published a novel, which is one of the things that inspired Dicus to publish his.

Her collection of poetry, “Pages from the Other Side,” has been a work in progress for years. It all started when, as a student, Dicus had to give speeches in class. He realized he was good at storytelling, and all he had to do to create poetry was make it rhyme.

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“I took Ms. Hassell’s class and we had to give speeches,” Dicus explained. “I grew up in a town of less than 200 inhabitants. I grew up in Elvins and the cop was a bus driver. So when we had these speeches, people were talking about going to Disneyland, I had never done that. I had to find something.

The original plan was to go through a traditional publishing route, but Dicus felt like his collection had been put at the back of the line. At this point, Dicus had already created about 50 copies himself.

He said he sifted through more than a thousand works before deciding what should be included in the collection.

“It took a few years, again because I had thousands and thousands of them and sometimes I just read them,” Dicus explained, “it took a number of years. The funny thing is, I I let someone read it and it took them about 20 minutes. It took me 20 years to write.

Reviews so far have been good, according to Dicus.

There is already another collection in the works, although he took a few weeks off to write it.

“I won’t touch it for six months, then one day something clicks and the next time I’ll write three pages,” Dicus explained. “A lot of people think writer’s block is when you don’t write at all and that’s it. It’s not true.”

Although there is no website yet, he is working on one. For now, those interested in purchasing a copy of the collection can contact the Sand Trap on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

Danielle Thurman is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at [email protected] or 573-518-3616.

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