David Denny may be the new kid on the block, but if he keeps writing poems like these, he'll own the block. Like other poets I admire, Denny is frank and thoughtful. He likes to entertain and provoke. In one of my favorite poems in this collection he says, "Sometimes my medicine works, sometimes it doesn't." Well, the medicine in this book works all the time. (And by the way -- his poem "Begging Bowl" should be taped above every writer's computer!)
~ Ron Koertge, author of Indigo and Geography of the Forehead
David Denny's first book ranges in subject matter from personal recollections to broader, less-traveled physical landscapes--both known and unknown--that together provide a balance of sentiment and detachment. Always in flux, never content to unpack the world they excavate in expected ways, his poems realize the limits of the human gaze. Willing to admit that they only "pretend to know / something about the land," they achieve in the process an honesty, a plainspoken grace, that is distinctly "American." Dead fathers write letters confessing they are alive. Little Leaguers close their eyes and still manage game-winning hits. June-bugs swarm haphazardly in firework-lit 4th-of-July air. All the while, Denny's Fool in the Attic remains a book poets and non-poets alike can read and believe.
~ Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men and Facts About the Moon
In one of David Denny’s poems, Marc Chagall sets up his easel in the author’s backyard—an act that suddenly and vividly transforms the suburban world around it. This small but memorable lyric fable could serve as an introduction to Denny’s art. His poems place us in the quotidian California we so habitually take for granted and then slowly reveal its signs, mysteries, and wonders. Denny is a poet who finds the miraculous in everyday experience.
~ Dana Gioia, author of Pity the Beautiful and Interrogations at Noon
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David Denny grew up in the suburban beach communities of southern California. He studied theatre and literature at Golden West College and California State University, Long Beach. He moved north for a short time, earning an MFA in creative writing at the University of Oregon. Later, he received an MAT degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, a prominent choral conductor and music teacher. They are the proud parents of two talented children and the guardians of a persnickety cat named Molly Bloom. Denny is Professor of English at De Anza College and former editor of Bottomfish magazine. He is the recipient of a 2013 Artist Laureate award by the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, and for two years he served as inaugural Poet Laureate of Cupertino. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Iodine Poetry Journal, Pearl, and The Sun, among others. His chapbook, Plebeian on the Front Porch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. When not writing or teaching, he can often be found watching classic movies from the balcony of the Stanford Theatre.
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Book Description Aldrich Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 112 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.29 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0615866824
Book Description Aldrich Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0615866824