Generations: Poetry Passed Down

This is a page devoted to the poetry book co-written by Caitlin Donovan and her grandfather, the late Edward Caldwell.


Here is a quick description of the book:

The poetry of a grandfather and granddaughter. This book collects a diverse variety of poems, ranging from a hard-hitting critique of Trump’s America to a comedic, sympathetic account of Satan’s struggles to be a feminist ally.

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An explanation about the book from Caitlin Donovan:

It was always a dream of my grandfather’s to be published. He suggested that he and I publish a book together, featuring both our poetry. Together with my mother, I slowly started collecting our work and making preparations for that. However, when his health started failing, I went into overdrive. With help from generous donations given by friends and Tumblr followers via my Ko-fi page, I made a beautiful hand-bound version of the book to gift to him. He was so happy when I presented it to him in the hospital.


Then I set about self-publishing the book via Createspace.  I formatted it myself and painstakingly selected public domain images to go with the poems. I published the book successfully and was able to show my grandfather the Amazon listing for both the physical and electronic versions of the book. He said it “made him feel good” to finally be published.

Unfortunately, he passed away the day the shipment of the books came in and I was unable to show him them. But I have to believe that he died knowing that I loved him and that he could be proud of being a published author.

Below is a picture of Edward Caldwell along with his author bio:


Edward Caldwell was a retired director and professor of testing services at the University of South Florida. He had a PhD in Educational Psychology from Florida State University. He was a WWII Navy veteran and was a Civil Rights activist involved in the Humans Rights Council in Bradenton, Florida.

He was a prolific writer of memoirs and poetry as well as an ardent bird-watcher, nature-lover and gardener. He once acted as the caretaker of the Botanical Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. He was the esteemed father of five, the beloved grandfather of five, and the wonderful great-grandfather of three.

If you want a copy of Generations: Poetry Passed Down, you can get it both physically and electronically on Amazon.