I was born in 1974 in Eugene, Oregon — in Sacred Hearts Hospital to be exact. My two older sisters were both born in England, so I guess it was fitting that my parents' “All American Boy” was born on Babe Ruth’s birthday. Shortly thereafter, my mom brought me home in a bundle to the blackberry covered banks of the Willamette River in Harrisburg. As we drove, she held me in her arms, in the front passenger seat with no seat belt. (Ah, 1974) We arrived at our destination, my Grandparent’s old, two-story Victorian home that was and still is guarded by two lion statues at the end of the driveway where we were welcomed by my two enamored big sisters.
At that time, my dad was in the USAF and stationed in Thailand, but before he left, he made one request of his pregnant wife: “If our baby is a boy, don’t name him after me. It would just be too confusing.” She replied, blinking her beautiful eyes, “Okay, Scott. Now you go and be a good soldier.” Well, as evidenced by the fact that my dad received notice of my birth via Western Union telegram, there wasn’t much he could say or do from Thailand in 1974 when I was born and my sweet Mom looked at me and whispered, “You’re my little Scottie.”
And that’s how it all started for me.
And now I'm 48 years old and a father of 5 wonderful kids. I love to write and explore the deserts in southern Utah.
Photo Link: Me at Lower Calf Creek Falls
Scott R. Edgar has hosted 20 Episodes.
Episode 20: They Were Beacons Once
March 6th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 5 mins
addiction, authenticity, childhood trauma, gabor mate, johann hari, poetry, recovery, self discovery
In this episode of The Poet (delayed), I'm joined by Las Vegas based therapist, Brad Singletary as we read my poem, "They Were Beacons Once," and have a discussion about addiction, its cause and recovery.
Episode 19: Dark Canopy
February 27th, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 40 mins
authenticity, depression, hope, major depressive disorder, mdd, mental health, poetry, self discovery, situational depression
In this episode, I’m joined again by Jackie Pack as I read my poem Dark Canopy and we discuss depression.
Episode 18: I'm a Poet
February 20th, 2023 | Season 1 | 57 mins 19 secs
authenticity, christopher silas neal, jennifer adams, pippa’s song, poet, poetry, robert browning, self discovery
I’m joined this episode by Salt Lake City based author, poet, editor and my new friend, Jennifer Adams. I read my poem, “I’m a Poet,” and we discuss the power of literature and poetry and then talk to her about her new children’s book, All’s Right With the World, that comes out March 7, 2023.
Episode 17: She is Steady and She Waits
January 23rd, 2023 | Season 1 | 1 hr 34 secs
authenticity, cancer, hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental health, poetry, self discovery, truth
I was joined by Allison Spencer as we read and discussed my poem, She is Steady and She Waits. Allison was diagnosed with Stage 2 Unfavorable Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (By the way, “unfavorable”? Who comes up with these terms, soccer match announcers? - “That was unlucky!”) But as terrifying as that was, she rose up to battle and, with the help of family, friends and competent medical providers, she waged battle as a head shorn warrior and the cancer is now in remission.
Episode 16: Nirvana
December 19th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
authenticity, depression, mental health, mental health awareness, nirvana, poetry, self discovery, suicide, suicide prevention
TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide is discussed in this episode. If anyone listening is struggling with suicidal ideation, please reach out to a friend or family member. There is also a national hotline in the USA that you can call: 988.
I was joined by Monte Wingle as I ready my poem, Nirvana, and we discussed thoughts and ideas that came. Also, in the spirit of craving nothingness, we visited True Rest Float Spa to experience their float tank and see how close we could get to nothingness.
Episode 15: Terrible Potential
November 12th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 20 mins
authenticity, fear, know thyself, nietzsche, poetry, self discovery
In this episode, I was joined by my nephew, Justin “Justino” Foster. I read my poem “Terrible Potential” and Justino and had a great discussion about the themes in the poem.
Episode 14: Beacons
October 27th, 2022 | Season 1 | 51 mins 3 secs
authenticity, beacons, poetry, self discovery
I’m joined again by Aunt Kash to discuss people who’ve been beacons in our lives as well as our being beacons in the lives of others.
Episode 13: Inconsequential
October 13th, 2022 | Season 1 | 52 mins 48 secs
authenticity, connection, parenting, poetry, self discovery
I’m joined by my friend Jason Langston as I read my poem, Inconsequential. Then we get into a discussion of connection, addiction, parenting and relationships and the fact that no person is inconsequential. As John Donne wrote (old English spelling and all): “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe.”
Episode 12: The Remains of the Day
October 7th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 41 mins
authenticity, dignity, great butler, kazuo ishiguro, poetry, self discovery, the remains of the day
I’m joined by Nate Morris this episode as we discuss the book, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Episode 11: “The Sadness Will Last Forever”
August 2nd, 2022 | Season 1 | 58 mins 16 secs
artist, authenticity, creativity, jung, poetry, self discovery, van gogh
In this episode, I read my poem, “The Sadness Will Last Forever,” which is about Vincent Van Gogh. I am joined by Adam Nisenson who is a therapist in Salt Lake City as well as an accomplished artist. We discuss creativity and its importance in our lives.
Episode 10: A Subtle Wound
July 23rd, 2022 | Season 1 | 55 mins 53 secs
authenticity, childhood trauma, emotional connection, poetry, self discovery
In this episode I read and discuss my poem “A Subtle Wound” with Jackie Pack. We talk about the importance of connection and holding space for those who’ve experienced trauma.
Episode 9: Bonus: “Elvis” Movie Review
June 26th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 56 secs
austin butler, baz luhrmann, elvis presley
I’m joined by Jason Small again. This time to review the new Elvis movie by Baz Luhrmann.
Episode 8: Besieged
June 25th, 2022 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
authenticity, poetry, self discovery
I’m joined by Jason Small in this episode as I read my poem “Besieged” and we discuss the difficulty of facing challenges to our way of thinking and being and how we’ve dealt with it.
Episode 7: Your Father's Son
June 18th, 2022 | Season 1 | 56 mins 53 secs
communication, fatherhood, hemingway, parenting
I’m joined by my friend, Ryan Thomas as I read my poem, “Your Father’s Son”, and we discuss fatherhood and parenting.
Episode 6: On Pain by Khalil Gibran
June 15th, 2022 | Season 1 | 47 mins 2 secs
authenticity, poetry, self discovery suffering
In this episode, I read Khalil Gibran’s passage on pain from his book, The Prophet and discuss pain, including discomfort and fear, and the impact it’s had in my life. I also, discuss ways that I’ve found to work through pain such as finding meaning in it.
Episode 5: "Emperor Concerto," II
June 14th, 2022 | Season 1 | 37 mins 52 secs
authenticity, beethoven, healing power of music, poetry, self discovery, the king sisters
In this episode, I read my poem, “Emperor Concerto, II” and I’m joined by Ric de Azevedo as we discuss the power of music.