Here you’ll find David’s most recent writing, and links to video, audio, and other tidbits to satisfy your literary sweet tooth.
Also be sure to go to David's Books page to check out all his books!
Music Playlist for Some Unimaginable Animal!
As part of Largehearted Boy's Book Notes series, David put together a playlist of songs for his poetry collection Some Unimaginable Animal. Cab Calloway, How to Destroy Angels, Peter Gabriel, Ferron, A Tribe Called Quest, and more—check it out here!
Poem on Video: "Passover This Year"
In honor of Passover and National Poetry Month, David reads his poem "Passover This Year."
Poem on Video: "Basket and Kneading Trough"
In honor of the release of his new poetry collection, Some Unimaginable Animal, David reads "Basket and Kneading Trough," the first poem in the book.
Poem on Video: "The Poem of Your Mother"
In honor of Mother's Day, David reads his poem "The Poem of Your Mother."
On Becoming Anti-Hero
"We need to realize that a dependence on heroes obscures the world from us. It oversimplifies the people we admire, first of all. Far worse, the glowing status we bestow on certain people gives them power, including power over others, and it sometimes shields them from critical scrutiny as well, freeing and even licensing them to do whatever they want, which might (as we keep discovering) include some terrible things. Which is why we really have to stop believing in heroes."
Read the piece on the AGNI blog
People With Mental Illness Aren't Space Aliens
"In this society, we treat mental illness really differently from all other types of illness. We say, 'Be strong, walk it off, just get over it,' which we would never say to somebody who broke their leg, or had the flu, or had cancer. We would say, 'Get medical treatment, get help'—and there IS medical treatment, and there IS help for people with mental illness."
Listen to the Orgy
David recently sat down with producer Alfred Schoeninger to record a reading of the title story from his most recent collection The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy.