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UNSOLICITED POEMS by David Rowe
5 1/2" X 9 1/8"
Unsolicited Poems is David Rowe’s first full length collection
of poems, bringing together nearly twenty years worth of
rigorous poetic work. Throughout Unsolicited Poems one is
struck by the range, depth, and precision of the poet’s voice.
The subject matter is vast as well, and the reader is presented
with poems of love, and loss, and anguish, as well as occasional
poems, poems to his daughter, and poems in celebration of both
friends and artistic idols. “& I just wish/ I were poet enough/
To do it all justice,” he writes, and whether it be a sonnet, an
aubade, a Zulu praise poem, or an overgrown haiku David puts
himself to this task again and again with great passion and sincerity.
Like pairs of lucky old shoes
I chuck these
my words after you,
in your journey's wake.
Don't neglect to raise up
an I'm a Bum Again, I'm a Bum Again
Hallelujah I'm a Bum Again! cup
before you slake
your thirst at the well-at-wit's-end
& rip down the youth hostel's door
for your open-air dance floor
(this in glorious spite of your
boo-jee host's hostility)
&, in general, persist in your folly & Blakean
shenanigans, for the emptier one's head is
dear Sienna, the more room there is
to invite Grace & Inspiration on in!
'For Sienna: An Unza-Unza Send-Off Song' in Unsolicited Poems by David Rowe
(Verna Press 2010)