Poet

I was going for an artistic, contemplative look.

I was going for an artistic, contemplative look.

I don’t post all of my poems here, partly because I enjoy celebrating poetry as an art overall. It has never been my purpose to make this blog solely a showcase for my poetry, but to celebrate the things that bring me joy (with a view toward keeping my writing muscles limber), and that includes the best of the poetic tradition, both contemporary and classic. You’ll find many readings, both here and on my YouTube channel, of other poets whose work I admire, poets both dead and still living.

But I also limit posts of my original pieces here simply because many of them are being sent hither and yon in hopes that some editor will have a weak moment and accept one for publication.  Word on the street is that poems that can be found in Google searches are often considered “previously published.”

I will however share a number of my pieces with you, and try to keep this page updated as an archive of them. Some were published in college journals some time back, like the one below which won the Savage Poetry Prize from Bloomsburg University and the Academy of American Poets, and was published in Bloom’s faculty journal, Carver. Others are recordings from live readings at various places, some live on the air, and some I just felt daring enough to post on this blog. I will also provide links for you when something of mine is published somewhere else out there.

Overvision

I wrote a poem once 
about my neighbors and the moon.
Each brief line dropped 
into place as I let them break
at their will. The syntax
arranged itself just comfortably
so.            Years later

I came back with more 
education and a better sense
of rhythm.         I thought
I could improve
it; make the lines
more powerful,

the innuendos more profound.
            But the new ink
was too dark for the old page,
and my good intentions discolored
the moon.  I’d awakened
      a befuddled old man
and his angry, fuzzy-
slippered wife (I’d forgotten
that my old neighbors had moved
away          long ago).

They wanted to know
what the hell was going
on—who was I?  And 
what had I done to the sky?
Too late almost to save
it, I took whiteout
to the street (the last
bottle on the shelf
at the all-night mini 
mart on that same block),

dimmed     the stars
and ushered back to bed
the little man and his grumbling
wife.          That globe of blood             
still had a pulse—
thank heaven, and I let it return
to where it had been;
on page one
of a college literary 
magazine              simple
and perfect,
hanging low there
in that early night sky.

50 thoughts on “Poet

  1. Hmmm.. intriguing..I like intriguing.. intriguing leads to thought and thought leads to learning….learning leads to acceptance..and acceptance to equality..hmm yes..you I like.

  2. Post online with a different title and altered first few lines and (of course) ficticious screen name.

    And remember, old cowboys can be every bit as bad as teenagers. That’s a fact that is.

    c.

    • Well, thanks for having the patience to follow me this far! lol I haven’t blogged much lately as you can see. It’s been a rough year, a busy semester, new job, back to school, dead cerebral cortex, you name it! I read the looking for sonofwalt pieces and was going to respond, but… my screen stayed blank for some reason. :(

  3. Hey, just wondering how the Dad Poet’s doing. It was cool connecting with you during the NaPoWriMo last year. Hope all is well with you, your boys, and everyone else in your world. Keep writing, stay strong, and have a good year. ~Peace~

    • Thanks, Daniel! I’m doing fine. I haven’t posted anything since Christmas. New semester starred. COLD here in Pennsylvania, and I think after all these years I have either become, or must admit to having always been, one of those folks whose moods turn dark in the lightness cold of January.

      Big and happy plans ahead and the clan here are doing great though. I loved your recent peice/peices on the bus, jail/chapel. Great blend of prose and poem.

  4. Thank you, poetart! I really enjoyed your blog, and am honored that you found these pages and lines worth taking the time to read. Your spirit comes through in your written voice, and it inspires me.

  5. I do need to edit this. Perhaps I should mention “Moon Watcher” was winner of the Savage Poetry Award from the American Academy of Poets and Bloomsburg University, and that it was published in Carver, the faculty journal for Bloom U.

  6. Dadpoet, thank you so much for the “like” on my poetry post. It looks like we share similar preoccupations: literary writing, theology, attempting to reconcile sacred text with what we know in our hearts to be true of our lives.

    Your poem “Overvision” is magical. I love the concept of altering reality by re-writing an older poem!

    I sincerely look forward to exploring further into the pages of your blog. Thanks for leading me here, and cheers!

    • What a delightful comment, Jennifer. Thank you! I’m very fond of Overvision. It’s one of those poems that grows up like a child, and comes alive on its own terms. I’m really glad you enjoyed it. It’s good to cyber-meet you. :)

    • I don’t post too many of them here, no. Though April 5th was one of my own pieces put to video too. After deciding what I am submitting where next I’ll post a few more here. “Cleaving” is another one of mine that we rendered to video in late March.

      Oh, and you are welcome! I enjoyed my visit and will be back. Love those dad moments. I can relate.

  7. I belong to a poetry forum, called Blueline/goobertree.com. we post a poem a day for 30 days. I’m working on my 24th round of thirty. the poems keep getting better and the practice and the commenting keep both me and my writing sharp. You have a great poetic voice-keep writing!

    • Thank you so much for that comment! I am not against editing or revision, but I am too prone to what I’ve called “over-vision.” There is such a thing as too much, isn’t there? :) Thank you for visiting!

    • haha, I guess that explains it well. Yup, the one who is most apt to destroy our own work–ourselves. Sigh. :) So lovely to see your lovely face here in DavidLand tonight! :) Greetings from me and the Pianist.

    • Why thank you. Freaky, kind of that you were commenting on my Poet page while I was commenting on your latest Dverse pub poem. Excellent work, by the way. Please keep it up, and spread the pages wide.

    • Thanks for your very kind words. Yes = I was more specific in my comment to you there about your own poem! – love the white-out, old couple, general theme of this poem. It is great to re-write but these years-later re-writes come from a very different context, and often lose more than the moon! k.

  8. ..when i read this it was like part of you and a confusion was told… i came here via someone’s blog and i must confess i read a lot here… the bios, recordings, poetry features, etc… sorry for stalking… hehe.. i like your poems… i find ‘em affecting and engaging to read… and really like your soft, confident tone especially in this particular poem of yours… you don’t just write, you’re guiding us all throughout the entire read… glad i stopped by to read… happy new year… smiles…

    • What a beautiful comment, Kelvin. I am honored, truly. Especially after having now read some of your beautiful poems. You have such economy of words, saying so much in so few words. It’s stunning. Thank you for leaving the bread crumbs for me to follow you to your blog. I made a few comments, but I am not sure they went through. I might try making them under my google account. I truly am honored to be stalked by you. ;-)

    • Oh my, forgiveness not needed at all. Frances, for the second time in 24 hours I’ve heard another person read my words. Thank you so very much. You read it so beautifully. I am stunned and grateful.

  9. David, I wanted to contact you by email, but can’t find one for you. Love the poetry, and, as you know, I’m a follower. I have just nominated you for The Versatile Bloggers Award. I have just received such a nomination myself and believe it to be an acknowledgement of outstanding sites by other bloggers. For the details, here is a link to my post: http://thevillagesmith.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/nominated-for-the-versatile-blogger-award-drum-roll-please/

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