David’s weekly blog.



Friends, I want to tell you about a poet I’d wager not a single person who reads this blog has ever heard of. His name is Andrew Suknaski and the name of the book is WOOD MOUNTAIN POEMS. Andrew Suknaski is a poet of the Canadian prairies. Wood Mountain is a town in south-west Saskatchewan […]

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Dear Friends, Thanks to all of you who wrote in response to last week’s blog. Rest assured, I am not about to change my direction–I don’t direct my direction. As Theodore Roethke said once, “I learn by going where I have to go.”  And since I’m aging, growing older, my poetry just naturally . . […]

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Dear Friends, I’ve got a problem. I need some advice. In recent years, I’ve been writing mostly poems about growing old and dying. (Some people say that’s all I’ve ever written about.) I have the distinct feeling that people don’t want to read such stuff. They don’t want to deal with death and dying, even […]

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Dear Friends, Is anyone out there having trouble with infestations of flea beetles in their gardens? Any suggestions from anyone will be greatly appreciated. I’m a long time gardener, more than 40 years, yet I’ve spent most of this week battling the pests. I do know about reemay row covers, but I don’t use it. […]

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I haven’t looked at SAMOVAR AND ZEEMAHOOLAH in weeks. I’m beginning to wonder if that is going to be my wintertime project. That’d be fine. I did a major hustle for A SONG FOR MY FATHER this week. I contacted 30 theatres, all places where they’ve done JUDEVINE. So far I’ve got 6 requests for […]

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Dear Friends, Quite by accident this week, I came across the Wikipedia definition of poetry. Here it is: “Poetry is a form of literary art which uses the aesthetic qualities of language to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.” Finally I understand why I’m not a poet and […]

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