Foreword to the Third Edition
The Night Watchman was first published in 1992 and then reprinted in 2004. Now another 12 years have passed and this new third edition seems due. Of course this new edition has its changes, with both additions and deletions of about a dozen. The result is still more than 80 poems in this edition, approximately one twelfth of my total output in verse. Yet there is flexibility in counting the poems, because “Summer Thoughts of a Mountaineer” is a series of 7 poems and “Scenes of Kenting National Park” a series of 11.
Another 12 years will find me a centenarian, but I don’t care for being a longevity rarity. So this third edition should remain not only the most recent but also the last edition of The Night Watchman.