Boring stuff (You know, like facts, and all)

I guess it’s time to actually write a sort of bio about me (since my about me is actually not what people expected, and since I actually have a few people reading my blog.)

My name is David.  I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.  It’s the city that raised the champion Michael Phelps and the city that killed Edgar Allan Poe.  I have three wonderful sisters and two amazing parents.  I studied Community Development at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA.  Currently I’m working about as far away from either of those places you can get before you start coming back.  The poems come fewer these days, for better or worse.
I love to read poetry and love to write poetry, though like most people I’ve never been formally trained.  I also like the tone a photograph can set for an entire poem–the emphasis it can add or the spin it can give.  Some would say it’s cheating–I say it’s enhancing.  I’m in the process of pairing each poem with a picture… don’t hold your breath.  You can check way back in the blog’s archives to see how far I’ve gotten.

I could spout a fount of useless knowledge to you about myself, but who wants that? (Even though you apparently do, since you clicked on this tab)  I’ll spare you the wasted energy of reading what you don’t need to know and just instead leave three questions:
1.  Who are you and why do you read poetry (or perhaps–why do you read my poetry, if that’s not too vain of a question)?
2.  What’s your favorite poem and why?
3.  What else would you like to know about me? (Can you tell I’ve worked in customer service?  I’m interested in what you want to know!)

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Poetry & Icecream
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 21:09:15

    Hi David,
    You have a wonderful blog and you sound like quite a character. From what I’ve read of your poems so far appeal to me because of their simple eloquence. My favourite poets are the greats, William Wordsworth, Keats, Henry Lawson, Walter de la Mare, there are too many to list but these guys had real talent. I also love the simplicity of poets like Langston Hughes and Gwendoline Brookes. I also love Pablo Neruda and for his ability to express deep emotion. I like reading poetry because it takes me to another realm. Poetry is my escape. I look forward to reading more of your work.
    Norma 🙂


    • wordcoaster
      Sep 30, 2011 @ 10:29:30

      Haha, “quite a character” is probably a good description. I like your list of favorite poets (though Keats has always rubbed me the wrong way 😛 ) I hadn’t read any Lawson, so thanks for introducing him to me–he’s wonderful! Poetry is a wonderful escape–a portal where worlds spring to life. I love poetry also for the emotions that are so easily embedded in them, for the cadence and the rhythms, for the metaphors and indirect way of looking at things. I love it because it’s so personal, yet very freeing. I’ll certainly be sure to check by your blog and read more thoroughly. Thanks! 😀


  2. Alex H.
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 13:52:25

    I am Alex. I read poetry because I like to look at the world and think that there are sill good things left out there and poetry is my way of seeing that. My favourite poem is Fire and Ice by Robert Frost (Robert Frost is my favorite poet). It was the first poem I ever memorized and it invokes such raw emotion in me every time I read it. What I want to know about you…is why do you write?


  3. Hannah Gosselin
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 19:52:15

    I’m a word wrangler a dreamer of image and soft spun verse…I read because I need to get to the heart of matters…to other people’s hearts…I long to feel the authenticity beating through the page…it’s important to voice and be voiced by poetry…my favorite is when a poem has been written through me…the words just arriving right when they’re supposed to…very meditative. I’m the queen of run on sentences. 🙂

    I don’t know specifically if I have a favorite poem but I enjoy Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou and Sylvia Plath…lots others but…

    I’m curious of when you arrived on this planet…you have great insight… also….why do you write/read?


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 11, 2012 @ 20:54:32

      Lovely! I’d say I read largely for the same reasons you do–poetry is the quickest way to what lies beneath the skin. I also read it as it is the quickest form of literature available (although sometimes it still takes a while to understand). I noticed that as I’ve gotten older and busier (and more easily distracted) my reading tendencies shifted from novels and long works to short stories to poetry.

      I looked up Mary Oliver as I don’t think I’ve read her work before–very interesting. I can definitely respect your favorite poets (though I prefer Plath’s Bell Jar to her poetry). I also love when I’m writing a poem and it totally surprises me and goes in a completely different (and better) direction than I had intended.
      I entered the world on May 15, 1990 so I’m still wet behind the ears, but I know enough to know I don’t know anything. 🙂


      • Hannah Gosselin
        Dec 12, 2012 @ 17:03:10

        Very cool when poems show us the way they want to go!! Love the Bell Jar as well.

        Yes…an important thing to “know,” I feel the same way. I’m fresh in the way of poetry as well 5-6 years steady and sporadic writing in high school…keep up the writing I enjoy your work and thank you so much for your interest in my words as well…so kind. 🙂


  4. heavenhappens
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 06:44:51

    I too read poetry to see another’s point of view, usually so much more original than my own! I love to write poetry, especially Haiku as I enjoy condensing my thoughts into as few words as possible. It really makes words important when you have to cut them to the bone. I love to put photos to my poems and ramblings as they often condense my meaning, however they can also be a trigger for a poem. Usually though I just have to write~ even the most common thing can set me off. Thanks for reading and I hope to enjoy more of your poetry.


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 12, 2012 @ 12:12:14

      Yes, a different, fresh perspective is always welcome. I’m looking forward to Christmas break, where I may get an opportunity to post photos on my recently bare poems. My commitment to post a poem a day even during the stressful weeks of school has forced a compromise in the poem+picture pairing. I enjoy haiku, though I am not naturally good at the form. I highly enjoy reading others who are more gifted. I will definitely be reading more of your poetry as well 🙂


  5. AJ
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 19:16:13

    Man I think lots of your stuff is great but I really I love me some “toll for thee” and I love that you are so diverse that you can utilize many different poetic forms and structures!

    My favorite poem is probably “st. judas” by james wright, “traveling through the dark” by willaim stafford, and anything by frank o’hara.

    I am just beginning in trying to figure out how to write poetry and would love any suggestions you may have as I really admire your work. (I post my stuff on the very unflashy and low maintenance

    How do you maintain the balance between subtlety and just straight up being impenetrable to the reader? You want to leave some nuance (you don’t wanna hit them in the head with what you’re saying,) but you DO want them to “get it”… right? I think I struggle with this. You seem to do it very well.


    • wordcoaster
      Jan 31, 2013 @ 00:17:30

      I’m sorry it’s taken so long to respond to your amazing comment–I didn’t want to be trite, and when I attempted the first time the comment glitched and didn’t post. Here’s attempt number two (hopefully just as thoughtful or more so than the first).
      Hmm, Donne is an incredible talent; I definitely appreciate his work. I had not heard of either of your favorite poems, and I absolutely love “st. judas”. Wright certainly got that one right, right? (That was terrible; I apologize.)
      Wow. I am incredibly impressed with your humility–I should definitely be asking you for tips as you have a wonderful way with words. I see you changed your blog format; it looks great!
      As to the balance, I think you walk that line beautifully. If it helps, I wouldn’t worry too much about your audience. Sometimes I post poems just for my own benefit, but they are enjoyed by a broader audience. I think that if you can find meaning in it, then others might as well. Still, that is such a hard balance to maintain. Do tell me if I’m straying too far to either side. I think the biggest thing I noticed when reading your blog was that sometimes you label short stories poems (and they are fantastic short stories). And sometimes you have a blend of short story and poem that could work amazingly if pushed to either genre but the compromise seems to hold it back. I’d say if anything length can be a clue as to which way it would more naturally fall.
      I shall be commenting on your blog soon, I hope. I’m way behind on even returning comments on my own site (as you are well aware).
      Thank you again so much for your thoughtful feedback and incredible compliments. Your comment made my day! 😀


  6. AJ
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 10:14:54

    Well, it is certainly my turn to complement you on your humility if you think for a moment that what I have produced is a peer of your work. But I too thank you for the kind words, and certainly also thank you for any feedback you could give me! I want to learn; and this, I am sure, is like any craft: instruction and practice!


  7. wetinkpresspublisher
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 16:21:26

    Hello, David! We at Wet Ink Press Publishing Services LOVE your poetry. It is fun, imaginative, and engaging. Thank you for making our world a little brighter!


  8. michelleatplay
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 00:53:44

    1. I read your poetry because it speaks to me. It’s like love, it’s some sort of unknowable chemistry.
    2. My favorite poem is by Stephen Crane. I love it because it is disturbing and when I quote it from time to time people worry that I wrote it, and that pleases me.

    In the desert
    I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
    Who, squatting upon the ground,
    Held his heart in his hands,
    And ate of it.
    I said, “Is it good, friend?”
    “It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;

    “But I like it
    “Because it is bitter,
    “And because it is my heart.”

    3. What is one fact about you that would surprise the people who know you well?


    • wordcoaster
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 10:33:35

      Giddy with a dash of bashful furtiveness–that’s how I feel right now. Thank you so much for your kind words. “In the Desert” is fantastic; Crane was definitely a genius. I can see why people would worry, but a little worry now and then will do them good in the end.
      As to something that would surprise the people who know me well, I think it would surprise my closest friends to hear that I actually do sleep well the majority of the time.
      As far as acquaintances go, I surprise them on a regular basis. 🙂


  9. Carolyn Alderson
    Dec 05, 2017 @ 16:41:35

    I read Wordcoaster because the writer is my grandson. I am not a great reader of poetry . My favorite poem is Ash Wednesday.


    • wordcoaster
      Dec 06, 2017 @ 06:28:03

      I am a fortunate grandson, indeed. Thank you for being the best grandmother in the entire world, bar none. Thank you for continuing to cultivate creativity and artistry in our family. Thank you for recommending Eliot’s incredible poem. It is one that begs for repeat visits, and I look forward to rereading it and continuing to delve deeper into its rich imagery. I hold Eliot in high esteem, even if I found his Wasteland tedious at times. Ash Wednesday is a delight from start to finish. Hope you’re doing well, and hope to see you again soon. Love you and Papa so much!


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