The poetry of David Sloan

The Spaces Between

 

What insistent whispering crowds out sleep?
It coats me like pollen, buoys me against
the weight of daylight, points to the spaces
between things. When I press my fingertips
together, diamonds appear. Between tree limbs,
stairs spiral skyward. Below birds’ wings,
above pages in books, a sky bowl catches light
and our hope for overflow.
Between pebbles in the garden, a seed,
architect’s plans scrolled and tucked away.
Trapped light waits to climb the stairs
and unfurl. Everywhere the geometry
of branchings. In darkness tree roots
coil over and under each other, fortified
tenfold by their interlacing,
like fingers praying.
The numbers of the body do not lie.
Oneness loves itself into symmetry,
mirrors of arms and legs ending in the surprise
of fives. Between the singing of our skeletons,
the fountain of dead-seeming bones.
We forget where blood is born.
And if every bone fits into its rightful joint,
what is the skull’s socket?
When we press our bodies together,
a raft bobs between two blues.
Sun and full moon seesaw at the edges
of the world. Streaked shavings fall,
float into the middle, where we always
want to be. Even in extremity,
when we fall out of the between, we keep
saving each other, over and over.

 

from The Irresistible In-Between, Deerbrook Editions 2012

David Sloan is a teacher and a scholar of Waldorf teaching, not only instructing high school students in English and literature at the school in Maine but teaching seminars to new faculty in New Hampshire. His life is pretty much consumed by his relationships at home and at work, and this is reflected in his verse. This poem above is one of my favorites though it does not fit into his books usual topic of family, all his verse shows his command and love of language.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast
MFA Poetry Program, David Sloan loves living in Maine “at
the edge of the world” with his wife Christine; they both work
in Maine’s only Waldorf high school. He is the author of two
books on teaching: Stages of Imagination: Working Dramatically
with Adolescents
, and Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through
Literature. His poetry has appeared most recently in The
Barefoot Review, The Broome Review, The Café Review, Carpe
Articulum, Innisfree, The Naugatuck River Review, The Northern
New England Review, Passager, The Prairie Wolf Press Review
and Words and Images. He is a recipient of the 2012 Betsy Sholl
and Maine Literary awards, and was recently nominated for a
Pushcart Prize.

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

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Where it Goes by Martina Reisz Newberry

Where it Goes features a photograph by Eleanor Bennett

Where it Goes, the latest book of poetry from Deerbrook Editions by Martina Newberry, features a photo by Eleanor Bennett, a promising young UK photographer. This second book of poems by Martina Newberry has been praised as “Revealing intense human vulnerability and wondrous irony . . . With honesty, wit, imaginative breadth and prosodic grace . . . Newberry explores the painful themes of death and life, youth and aging, prayer and spirituality”

Anne Tammel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum

The cover features a print collaboration by Susan Webster and Stuart Kestenbaum

Only Now has been a best seller at Blue Hill Books and selling well in general. A welcome review of this book appeared on The Line Break by Tom Holmes of Redactions magazine. This is the third book of poems Deerbrook Editions has published by Stuart Kestenbaum over the years.

 

From the back cover of Only Now:

 

Stuart Kestenbaum’s Only Now is a rare accomplishment: a collection of poems that takes on the fragility of the world and our own mortality, and does so with unflinching directness and, most impressively, with wit and a sincere prayerfulness. Many of these poems are what I would call strangely hopeful warnings, elegies-in-advance. They worry about the world in ways that register the beauty of what is in danger of being diminished. —Stephen Dunn

Other recent good books post here: for Freeing the Hook by Peter Harris

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here for David Sloan’s The Irresistible In-Between. David received Maine literary awards for poems in the book.

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

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Only Now for poetry month

Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum

The cover features a print collaboration by Susan Webster and Stuart Kestenbaum

Only Now, poems by Stuart Kestenbaum, now only on the Website, for poetry month from Deerbrook Editions. Next week Stuart will be reading at Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine, with two other poets who have recent titles (2013) of poetry from Deerbrook Editions. Mark April 17th at 7pm on your calendar.

From the back cover of Only Now:

Stuart Kestenbaum’s Only Now is a rare accomplishment: a collection of poems that takes on the fragility of the world and our own mortality, and does so with unflinching directness and, most impressively, with wit and a sincere prayerfulness. Many of these poems are what I would call strangely hopeful warnings, elegies-in-advance. They worry about the world in ways that register the beauty of what is in danger of being diminished. —Stephen Dunn

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The other poets reading on the 17th are Peter Harris and David Sloan. Peter Harris had the poem Ode to Popcorn , and Villanelle  for the Pond, featured in Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry which appears in the Portland Press Herald, edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate, and produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Stuart Kestenbaum also has had several poems appear in Take Heart: A conversation in Poetry.

Peter Harris  had his chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs, win the Maine chapbook competition in 1996.

David Sloan received the 2012 Betsy Sholl award for the poem Bad Math, and the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition.

Davis Sloan is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program and loves living in Maine, at the edge of the world, with his wife Christine where they both work in Maine’s only Waldorf high school. He is the author of two books on teaching: Stages of Imagination: Working Dramatically with Adolescents, and Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature.  His poetry has appeared most recently in The Barefoot Review, The Broome Review, The Café Review, Carpe Articulum, Innisfree, The Naugatuck River Review, The Northern New England Review, Passager, The Prairie Wolf Press Review and Words and Images.

All books will be available at Longfellow Books for signing the night of the reading. This should be a great night for poetry as all of these poets are excellent readers.

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

Peter’s cover features White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin

 

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

News and titles from 2012-2013

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News from Deerbrook Editions 2013

New books are in the works. This year, 2014, as of this letter, new books will be coming out by Dawn Potter, Stuart Kestenbaum, and Martina Reisz Newberry. And More.

Over the past year and a half Deerbrook Editions has brought out six new books:

Learning by Rote, poems by Martina Reisz Newberry
The Thinking Heart: The Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum by Martin Steingesser
Memory Won’t Save Me: a haibun by Mimi White
No Passing Zone, poems by Donna Reis
The Irresistible In-Between, poems by David Sloan
Freeing the Hook, poems by Peter Harris

All books available from the Website deerbrookeditions.com
Available now: Freeing the Hook, poems by Peter Harris.

Freeing The Hook by Peter Harris

White Waves on Sand, Maine by John Marin

Petter Harris is Zacamy Professor in English at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he founded a mentoring program. Currently, he chairs the Art Department. He has taught at Colby College since 1974.

He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Red Cinder House, and the Tyron Guthrie Center in Ireland, and has been awarded a Martin Dibner Writing Fellowship.

He is co-founder of a mentoring program (Colby Cares About Kids) that in 2012-13 matched nearly five hundred College students with primary and elementary students in ten communities.

He holds an BA from Middlebury, a Ph.D. from Indiana University. And a MFA from Warren Wilson.

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David Sloan received the 2012 Betsy Sholl award for the poem Bad Math, and the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition.
The Irresistible In-Between by David Sloan, is available at the Website deerbrookeditions.com.
David not only teaches at Maine’s Waldorf school he trains teachers in Waldorf theory.

The Irresistible In-Between by David Slaon

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

From the back cover:

W.H. Auden said poetry is a clear statement of mixed emotions, and that’s the great gift of David Sloan’s poems. The Irresistible In-Between gives us a series of lenses, each clarifying the rich complexity of contemporary life and relationships. There is an exactitude of eye and ear here, and an unassuming confidence that makes the speaker an indispensable guide through relational thickets, where, as he says, ‘I do what I can to be near the commotion, the danger.’ I would describe all these poems the way the speaker describes his sons’ carpentry skills: ‘the casual exactness of lines/ measured out like music.’ These are indeed beautifully rendered poems.
—Betsy Sholl, author of Rough Cradle

Good books from 2012

No Passing Zone is a fine book of poems by Donna Reis who teaches at The Northeast Poetry Center, College of Poetry, in Warwick, New York. More can be seen at donnareis.com.
Donna has a review: reviewed-by-john-bellinger/10152085658697318  which is posted as a note on our Facebook page.

No Passing grab

From the Back cover:

Lyrical, wry, biting—Reis uses all the tricks in her deck to show how to survive the pain and healing of the body, the crumbling and restoration of houses, the razing and rebuilding of love. There’s serious word play here, and a sharp eye for detail. Reis explores not only her own experience, but the lives of others—Dorothy Wordsworth ministering to her brother, Mary Lamb, whose “Kitchen rattled / toward me, its knives hissing . . .” Readers will rejoice at the perseverance of this poet, who “stayed because [she had] more stories to tell.”
—Mary Makofske

 

 

 
Martina Reisz Newberry is a California writer now, once again, living in LA. Learning by Rote has gotten some attention and reviews can be read here: Martina’s blog. I have posted a number of descriptions and the like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/learning.by.rote

A photo by Brian Newberry

A photo by Brian Newberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Steingesser is as active as ever with readings and performances of The Thinking Heart. The ensemble has been raising money in performance to make a trip to Europe for Etty’s birthday. You can learn more information here: http://www.pilgrimagetotheheart.org

"A Red Anemone" , pastel by Katharine Whild

“A Red Anemone” , pastel by Katharine Whild

The book is based on the performance and contains the text and an introduction to Etty Hillesum, her writings, and how they touched and inspired Martin.

Read a review in the Press Herald.

“Etty Hillesum’s remarkable voice and The Thinking Heart ensemble’s stirring simplicity… make this an intimate and profoundly moving meditation on how…to love.” —The Portland Phoenix

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Won't Save me by Mimi White

Cover art: Sculpture “Wheel of Time” by Kerryn Forster of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Won’t Save Me by Mimi White is best described by this endorsement:

When the Japanese poet-monk Basho invented the haibun, the alternating haiku and prose in which he documented his travels, he certainly never imagined what a poet could do with the form in twenty-first century American English. Mimi White’s Memory Won’t Save Me is an ingenious, fascinating appropriation, an account of both physical and emotional travel. The geography is the weeks leading up to the death of a father. Shifting easily between direct observation and layers of memory, she turns what might have been a familiar kind of elegy into a work of great depth and power.
—Chase Twichell

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The Irresistible In-Between, poetry by David Sloan

The Irresistible In-Between

The Irresistible In-Between cover features a photo by Chris Darling.

The Irresistible In-Between, poems by David Sloan.

This first book is a fine collection of poetry. Here are the endorsements from the back cover:

The task David Sloan takes on in this collection is nothing less than to depict the struggle to live an authentic life as a necessarily flawed human being. Sloan does not shy away from exposing what he calls  ‘all my ineptitudes’ as a son, brother, father, and husband. But this uneasy awareness of the dread mingled with elation only deepens his appreciation of those human ties—and of the world around him, whose beauty remains (as in the title of one of my favorite poems) ‘unfixable.’

—Jeffrey Harrison, author of Incomplete Knowledge

 
As with other strong and wise writers, David Sloan strives to capture the sensations of being alive. The poems in The Irresistible In-Between are works of stunning measure: several leave me gasping. ‘Philemon and Baucis’ for example, where the poet regards how ‘the old couple’ ‘touch/each other’s shoulders’ and though they ‘feel the dizzying// closeness of divinity,’ ask of the gods ‘only not to outlive one another.’ The evidence for such direct yet potent felicities of expression is numerous and as much in the pile as in the particle. Read just one poem and you’ll see what I mean, but be a glutton, have at it with Sloan’s deeply honest, unpretentious, generous and beautifully crafted poems. You’ll carry more life in your mind.

—Gray Jacobik, author of Little Boy Blue

The poems of The Irresistible In-Between read the way a river flows. You put a toe in the water and, next thing you know, you’re caught in the current, going wherever the water goes. This is a beautiful book, rendered with hard-won precision and clarity while offering the layers of emotion we quickly recognized as the heartscape of our lives. I think we want ferocious poems fueled by the actual passions and persistent anxieties that elbow around in our daily lives. These are those.

—Tim Seibles, author of Fast Animal

W.H. Auden said poetry is a clear statement of mixed emotions, and that’s the great gift of David Sloan’s poems. The Irresistible In-Between gives us a series of lenses, each clarifying the rich complexity of contemporary life and relationships. There is an exactitude of eye and ear here, and an unassuming confidence that makes the speaker an indispensable guide through relational thickets, where, as he says, ‘I do what I can to be near the commotion, the danger.’ I would describe all these poems the way the speaker describes his sons’ carpentry skills: ‘the casual exactness of lines/ measured out like music.’ These are indeed beautifully rendered poems.

—Betsy Sholl, author of Rough Cradle

David Sloan received the 2012 Betsy Sholl Award for the poem Bad Math, and the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition.

About the Author –

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program, David Sloan loves living in Maine “at the edge of the world” with his wife Christine; they both work in Maine’s only Waldorf high school.  He is the author of two books on teaching: Stages of Imagination: Working Dramatically with Adolescents, and Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature.  His poetry has appeared most recently in The Barefoot Review, The Broome Review, The Café Review, Carpe Articulum, Innisfree, The Naugatuck River Review, The Northern New England Review, Passager, The Prairie Wolf Press Review and Words and Images.  He is a recipient of the 2012 Betsy Sholl and Maine Literary awards, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  He is currently enjoying life’s newest delight—grandfatherhood!