Born in Cumberland, Maryland,
Shaffer was educated at the University of Maryland and Southern Illinois
University. Trained in the sciences, he was later drawn to the fine arts
and literature as a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist and poet.
SHAFFER uses his father's initials, E W, when authoring his poetry
and creative writings. He has written many poems and published three books which will be reissued in 22017 from Pretell Publishing.
Catagorization of poetic forms is
a very imprecise endeavor. Amidst conflicting definitions, poems
frequently fall appropriately into several categories. Abstract poetry
and nonsense poetry are quite similar, for example, as are calligrams and
concrete poems. Also, children's poetry is often considered a subset of
comic verse and light verse and narrative poems may also be prose poems
and at the same time, other types of poetry.