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The Pilot's Satchel

by James Francis Cahillane

“With great humanity and skill, Jim Cahillane explores the netherworld of coma and dreams through poetry and reminiscence. The Pilot’s Satchel is a deeply personal account that weaves through events both historical and intimate as it chronicles the compelling journey of the soul of a man facing his own mortality. It is a book that revels in the mysteries of who we are with faith, appreciation and love. I highly recommend it.”
—Thomas Clark, AKA Tommy Twilite, co-founder of The Florence Poets Society

Jim Cahillane (83) is a retired Northampton businessman, freelance writer and poet who, with his English wife, makes his home in Williamsburg. Jim’s opinion columns and articles have run in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, magazines, and newspapers for twenty-four years. He’s the author of five books:
The Best Place of All: An Irish-American Memoir of Pluck, Luck and Automobiles (2004) was commissioned by Northampton’s 350th committee.
A Winter Offering (2005) won Honorable Mention in a Writer’s Digest International Self-published poetry competition.
A Winter Offering, A Second Collection (2007) and On History’s Front Steps, (2010) were published by the Florence Poets Society.
Jim contributed to The Irish Legacy: A History of the Irish in Western Massachusetts (2012).

His new book The Pilot’s Satchel (Off The Common-2016) ventures to interpret twenty-one dreams during an induced-coma following two January 2010 colon surgeries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.