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Innisfree: David Martin

From David Martin:

I am a poet, writer and outdoorsman and have lived a life immersed in the beauty of nature wherein I find my sense of place, my sense of spirituality (or connection to meaning) and an expansive sense of myself. I am an Environmental Educator with the Mountain Park Environmental Center guiding camps and hikes and teaching the award winning Earth Studies program to students from the Pueblo School District. I am also a Clerk in the Youth Services Department at the Rawlings Branch of the Pueblo City County Library District serving the literary and research needs of children in the surrounding communities

Over the years I have helped keep poetry alive in my community by organizing and facilitating regular poetry readings and events at a local coffee shops as well as printing and selling small, simple-bound booklets of poetry. I have offered explorative poetry workshops for children at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center, and served as the Poetry Judge in selecting the poems written by residents and patients for the Colorado State Hospital annual calendar.

My first collection of poetry, Span (Rhizome Publishing 2011, 2012) was recently published in paperback. My publishing credits include poems published in the books Peaceful Poetry to Love Your Societal Consciousness (Ann McCall 2001) and Baby Blessings (Harmony Books, 2002) as well as in Poetry Motel, Junction, Mountain Alchemy and articles in the Pueblo P.U.L.P. and the Mountain Park News.

Although I hail from the seaside forests of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, I have made Colorado my home since 1995 and, with my Wife, live in the ponderosa pine-forested foothills of the Wet Mountains along Middle Creek in the unincorporated village of Beulah.

Praise for David's Work:

“David Anthony Martin is a nature poet the way Frank O’Hara was a city poet. He has paid attention, assimilated the beauty and mystery of his surroundings, and let it color his poetry in delicate ways. He says, “everything will be alright just shut up and listen.” He draws from dreams and folktale and myth. He contemplates streams and trees and bears. And he does it in language that is beguiling, sly and as lovely as a September peach. These are poems to carry in your metaphorical pocket like small runic stones, with lines that you will want to contemplate again and again. Like this brief poem called “stream of consciousness:” “the moon is not in the quick silver stream, the moon is in the still, void-dark lake.” Span is delicious reading.”

~Corey Mesler, author of Before the Great Troubling and Notes toward the Story and Other Stories

“Thoreau, Cid Corman, Lorine Niedecker, Whalen & Snyder, Sam Hamill and now David Martin, a wilderness walker returning as the missing lynx in the lineage of nature based poetry heartbeating it’s way into our gorges & forests – it has the aroma of wild mushrooms & the flow of a raging springmelt. The poems span the distance between old friends. ‘Less like a voice / more like a knowing’”

~Mike Parker, author of Don’t Fall Off The Mountain and Wallflower Sutra

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7pm – 8pm Mountain Time