poetry by j matthew waters

about jdub

J Matthew Waters is my pen name. “jdubqca” is my twitter handle. j for John (first name), dub for W (first letter of last name), and qca for Quad Cities Area where I was born and bred (loosely defined as Rock Island and Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf on the Iowa side).

After earning a liberal arts degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1984, I’ve since enjoyed a career in the financial services industry. My first collection of poetry entitled “Five Hundred Pieces” was self-published in 1997. My second collection entitled “In the Middle of Somewhere” was self-published as a Kindle edition in 2011. The poems appearing in my third collection, “101 Chances” (chosen from over 500 posted on this blog over a 30 month period), is illustrated by Millie Ho, and concludes with an unreleased series of haiku. In late 2015, I released my latest collection entitled “Forty-Five Revolutions per Minute.”

On a personal note, I’ve resided in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since 1993 with my wife and best friend Norma Jean. We have four grown children.

71 thoughts on “about jdub

  1. Thank you so much for following my blog. Good luck with your blog and looking towards reading more of your poetry.

  2. Hi John,

    Thanks so much for all of your visits, likes and follow! I’m sorry for the delayed response, as I seem to be consistently behind in reading blogs these days…I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and writing, too! My hubby and I have been married almost 24 years and have a 17 yr old son and our daughter is almost 21…

    Take care,

    • Thank you for visiting my little place for poetry and leaving this message. I know what you mean about trying to keep up on blog reading. Keep up the great work on your end, I look forward to reading more of you work. JW

  3. Thank you for finding my blog and liking my post. I hope you come back!

  4. I like the name, very creative. Stay awesome!

    Love and peace.

  5. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out. I sincerely hope you
    continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Please invite
    others too. Be safe, be fair, be good.

  6. Hi Mr Waters, I’ve nominated your blog for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. Do check my latest post for more details.

  7. Thank you for reading and liking my latest blog post. I hope your lifes journey this holiday season is one of peace and joy!

  8. Hello, You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please check my latest post for more details

  9. You’re a very special man, Jdub

  10. Terence W. Amerson on said:

    Gardens and poetry grow from the same seed. I enjoy your work with words. I bet that I would love your garden. ta

  11. Hey buddy. Thanks for camping out for a bit at my blog. 🙂 I’m rediscovering the wonders of yours 🙂

  12. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

  13. Happy Birthday!!! (I think I’ a day late…sorry)

  14. Renee Gasper on said:

    I admire your work and your creativity. I am proud to be one of your fellow employees in the real world and a fellow artist of our individualities.

  15. Hi,

    Do you accept guest posts? I’m a poet and would like to submit if you’re interested. Let Me know! i’m at j.peterswillrule@gmail.com

  16. Hiyah, I really like your blog and I have nominated you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ just click this link http://stepping2yourdreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/


  17. Thanks for the follow. I hope you enjoy my writing as much as I do yours.

  18. Love your blog and your writing! Looking forward to reading more. 🙂 Best, phoebe

  19. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m working still on my poetry…. 🙂

  20. cmblackwood on said:

    Very impressive blog, John. I look forward to your posts.

  21. Hi, good to meet you, your poetry is wonderful!

  22. Hi jdubqca, I found your blog through a tweet and wanted to pop in to say hello and check out your site. I look forward to reading your works. Have a nice weekend! Steph

  23. Happy to discover and follow your blog

  24. hi john – thanks for stopping by for a read and a follow, i’m enjoying looking over your site and will be following you as well. best, beth

  25. Hi John. I so enjoy your poems and nominated you for a Liebster Award. Best wishes.

  26. Thanks so much for visiting my sites, my daughter is in her Junior Year at Augustana and I have gotten to know that area, I love it there now! I love your work.

  27. I nominated you for the Quote Challenge game.
    Also – you shouldn’t need to self publish; your poetry is REALLY GOOD. Someone should be snapping your material UP.

  28. thank you for the visit, likes and for following my simple blog, i really appreciated it.
    best regards

  29. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking my haiku.

  30. MG WELLS on said:

    Thanks for sharing all your thought-provoking posts. Enjoy the day and wishing you many blessings in your life and work.

  31. I just wanted to let you know that am really enjoying your poems.

  32. Life experiences nicely rhymed. Nice to have come across your blog. Welcome to visit mine. Thank you.

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