this information is from alum Walter I. Hitchcock, Class of 1957
The Rev. Dr. Ed Oestreich, class of 1958, has written and published a book of original and, as you might expect from Ed, beautiful and poignant poetry. The collection of poems is titled Far From Home.
Following his ordination, Dr. Oestreich served St. Stephen’s, Allentown, Pa., then moved on from there to his home state of New York where he served the following churches: Christ, Wantagh; St. Philip, Brooklyn; Trinity, Hollis; and St, Paul, New City. Dr. Oestreich now resides on the rocky coast of Maine in the little town of Damariscotta. Until recently he operated an antiques shop, part of which was his living quarters in a 200-year-old house in which this book of oft-nostalgic poetry was written. In vivid verse he remembers his father, mother sister, and even a couple of his aunts!
The New York Times best seller author, Douglas Preston (Cities of Gold, Monster of Florence, etc.) has this to say: “I have been reading the poems of Ed Oestreich with enormous pleasure. His keen and graceful eye examines a wide variety of human experiences, compassing the cycles of life, the vicissitudes of growing old, the small pleasures of nature and the roll of the seasons. These lovely poems, no matter what their subject, are somehow imbued with the quiet rhythm of life on the seacoast of Maine. I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful book of poetry.”
Kelly Patton, professional theater director and author writes, in part: “Many of these poems speak to the melancholy loss of growing older, but always followed with words-of an exquisite ‘returning’ in recollection…..”
The book can be purchased directly from Dr. Oestreich at 278 Biscay Road, Damariscotta, ME 04543, and also the publisher, Goose River Press, 3400 Friendship Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Cost is 14.95 plus shipping. It’s well worth it!