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Another Road, Another Poem

A. Gilmore Flues ’29 does not write poetry to satisfy some artistic longing. “I’m not up in the garret growing my hair long or anything like that,” he said.

He has just always done it, he said, inspired by sights and sounds he’s experienced around the world, both on pleasure trips and in service to his country.

Flues, who turned 97 in August, recently published his first book of poetry. Called Another Road, Another Time, it includes poems he wrote while at HLS, poems inspired by his experience in World War II, and poems sparked by his many trips with his wife of over 50 years, Anne Louise Jamieson. “Things around the world interest me, and that gives me something to write about,” Flues said.

Flues self-published the book with a friend, Bernard Quarrick, calling their publishing house Bulltiger Press (Bull for the bulldogs of Yale, Quarrick’s alma mater; and tiger for Princeton, where Flues earned his undergraduate degree).

The book has sold out its small printing to family, friends, and neighbors in Chevy Chase, Md. “I was amazed by the response we got to these poems,” said Flues.

Before he retired, Flues fashioned a long career of public and private service. After graduating from HLS, he returned to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, and became a partner in a law firm. During World War II, he was commissioned a captain in the Army Air Corps, served behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia, and, by the end of the war, commanded the Office of Strategic Services in Central Europe. After the war, he served as assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Eisenhower administration and later returned to private practice, concentrating on tax law.

He plans to publish a second work of poems, and he continues to write. He’ll always find something to move his creative spirit, “an experience here and there, and a thought that comes.” Just don’t look for him in the garret.

Lewis Rice

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