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.

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.