About the Book
This book contains a random collection of 48 poems that Mathias Ricken, a student most of the time, has happened to have written down over the last decade. Emotionally, there are a few distinct chapters, starting in 1997 and quite unfortunately not yet ending in 2006, even though this collection ends there.
The poems are a window to his heart, not necessarily for anyone to look in, but for his stuff to get out. They have always been more for him than for anyone else, so any reader should feel free to not enjoy them at all.
Mathias is quite an awful writer, and some might say the poems are plagiarized. The voices in his head are currently pressing legal charges.
This is an edited version to make a lower-cost paperback release available.
Mathias Ricken was born and raised in Bremen, Germany. He has stayed abroad in the United States for some time during high school, college, and graduate school. Mathias received a BSCS, magna cum laude, in 2004 and finished his Master of Science thesis in October 2007. He is currently attending Rice University's Computer Science program to pursue the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He has published several scientific articles, but only time will tell if he will achieve his academic goals. Mathias is 50% German, 50% Finnish, and 50% American. Somehow it fits.