British Columbia, Canada
Rachel, the psst was for Michael I not only typed the darn word wrong, I had to dig that word up to rhyme with poem, see? Jeroboam didn't even make sense in the context I used it, and he would know it.
Funny, I was actually sitting in the bathroom this morning, (I know too much information right?) I looked on the bookshelf and saw Balladeer's book. I picked it up and started reading, and before I knew it a 1/2 hour had passed. If you get a chance, read "The Last Carnival." In fact, if you have any extra cash, I bet he has copies of his book still for sale?
I have read Balladeer's work, but also had the luxury of having heard him recite (from memory) these long, absolutely perfectly rhymed stories of his, and you can not find a better teacher anywhere.
I can't speak for him, but I am sure he welcomes eager students like yourself with open arms. He gave up on me, but there is still hope for you.