I got my Louisiana Tech Association of Catholic Tech Students newsletter that they mail out to alumni today. There is a mention of a student Dereck Warden of Bernice Louisiana in it that attends the Catholic student center there .
The small blurb says :
ACTS MEMBER DEREK WARDEN PUBLISHES A BOOK
After suffering a debilitating car accident , ending his Olympic hopes as a weightlifter, Derek turned to writing. The result is a 10 book epic poem entitled Eternity Regained.. Inspired by Beowuf and Paradise lost, Derek States, "one of my darkest moments became a life achievement
Here is the amazon link for the book .
Combining modern free verse poetry with the ancient art of the epic poem, Warden spins a fantastical tale of four fallen angels traversing the universe in an attempt to betray their prince, and regain their eternal bliss. From the moment Warden invokes the powers of heaven and the ancient scribes, to the ultimate fall of evil, readers experience a form of verse which has been mostly unseen for more than three centuries. Riddled with acrostics, varying meters, and multiple levels of allegory, Eternity Regained brings the reader from darkness to dawn.
What an interesting sounding book and what an interesting Catholic young man. I am going to try to see if some Catholic media as to athletics and locally might tell us more about him.
I did find this story on him at the Louisiana Tech Newspaper .