Poetic Pete, a.k.a. Peter Karplus, author of Dancing with Fear, Rejection, Doubt, and Hope, and A Potpourri Of Poems,
born and raised in California, has had to live with Cerebral Palsy
since birth and suffers from Epilepsy. He finds poetry to be a
versatile tool in expressing his thoughts and feelings. Moreover, verse
unleashes his quick intelligence, which goes unseen by strangers,
because of their first impressions from his slow speech, poor
coordination, and bent "book cover" body. Poetic Pete uses his range of personal
experiences, knowledge, and understanding to bring a distinctive and
perceptive sensitivity -- a sense of fun -- to his
He volunteered as a research assistant and guest speaker for Dr. James
Daley of the Psychology Department for over twenty years, having given
talks on his disabilities each semester. He was Diablo Valley
College’s first published disabled alumnus to be honored in 2003 for
his first book, Dancing with Fear, Rejection, Doubt and Hope.
Dancing with Fear, Rejection, Doubt, and Hope, he wrote from
most of his own life experiences, good and bad. This book could
be classified as a poetic autobiography. If others find
themselves in his poetry, he applauds them and hopes they become
enriched and enlightened by what they learn from the experience.
A Potpourri Of Poems, written under a pen name, Poetic Pete, was
mostly inspired by family and friends and his thoughts on the 9/11
In this new book, he expands on his thoughts and feelings from his first book letting us see more of his personal side.