Friday, May 2, 2014

MEET POET DAVID S POINTER, AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK "BEYOND SHARK TAG BAY" AND ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF HIS PREVIOUS BOOK "SUNDRENCHED NANOSILVER"

Today at my blog, I am showcasing Poet David S. Pointer

 
His latest collection “Beyond Shark Tag Bay” is another stellar example of his highly evocative poetry, downloaded from his own twisted world. While one is tempted to label this realm steampunk or cyberpunk, tropes from these genres are more like seasoning he spreads on the layers of his own completely original universe.   
I recently chatted with David and asked if he had always considered himself a “speculative poet”:

I started out as a political/social justice poet. My first poetry publication in 1990 in "Pleiades" journal was a horror poem though. When I took the surgery technology program and we dealt with human anatomy, I couldn't hold back on the horror and Sci-fi genre pieces any longer.

Most of David’s poetry I have had the pleasure to read, including them in my own anthologies, and posting them here at this very blog, are speculative in subject matter. Elsewhere,  I have called his poems whirlwinds, driving you deliriously down to the end, taking in the overall effect, and then you go right back to the beginning to savor the Devil in his details.
 


“Beyond Shark Tag Bay” contains some wild and intriguing alternate histories of Poe and Einstein, and the American West and Victorian England. Again, Pointer adds his own twisted and often dark comic take on these varied subjects.

 
Another unique quality of this book is that every poem is this collection has a Spanish translation. I asked David about this:

I decided to go with Spanish translations because screaming and bleeding is a complex diverse issue with a changing American readership.

 

“Beyond Shark Tag Bay” also contains some fabulous cover art and interior illustrations from Justin Jackley. (as seen below) If you like what you see, check him out at -- www.justinjackley.com or crom1513@hotmail.com.




I am not alone in my enthusiasm for Pointer’s work. Nathan J.D.L. Rowark, Editor-in-chief  of Horrified Press states:

David S. Pointer is a poet who has a talent for language exploitation. His words bend and twist like a river and David uses this skill to take the reader upstream - away from the mediocre everyday. David delivers free form masterpieces that fire the imagination and wake the senses. “Beyond Shark Tag Bay is a collection full of such gems and a must for all poetry fans and fans of fictional expression in general. Prepare yourself to be left breathless.
 

I recently co-founded Thirteen Press, an imprint of Rowark’s Horrified Press. David has already been accepted into several anthologies completed or in progress by Thirteen, including At the Stroke of Thirteen, Steamworld, and The Ripple Effect.

Here is a link to all Available Thirteen Press Titles:
 
Other Horrified Press volumes featuring his work are  Ron Koppelberger’s Silent Fray anthologies and Fractured Realms, a fund raiser for autism by Suzie and Bruce Lockhart.

All of us at Thirteen Press are excited to continue working with David Pointer. Anytime I ask him for a poem on any subject, upcoming holidays and such, for my blog, he comes through with something highly original and in his own visionary voice.
 
I asked David what he is up to next:
 
I am thinking maybe I might do a weird western chapbook or book with French translations.

I am sure either choice will yield an excellent and highly original book well worth your time. Here are some links David provided to learn more about him and his work:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=memento+mori+james+ward+kirk&sprefix=memento+mori

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Noir+Erasure+silver+birch+press



 
 
 

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This is another terrific recent publication by David S. Pointer. Click on the Rafflecoptor Link Below to enter to win a signed copy! You can enter once a day by either following my blog or leaving a comment on this post.
 

Contest Ends May 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM

 
BACK OF BOOK BLURB:
 
David Pointer is nothing if not prolific. But it doesn’t pay to just be a prolific writer. A good prolific writer, however, is a step above the rest. Here we find the fortunes of David Scott Pointer. David’s work appears in a plethora of publications and collections. He’s begun to receive the accolades his work deserves. As a publisher, I’ve always felt fortunate to have a poet such as David gracious enough to want to work with and share his gifts. As a writer, he’s always been generous and humble about his work and what he has to offer to the reading public. As a poet, he has offered us a body of work rich as diverse and plentiful. His voice and style of writing has grown, reaches vast topics and intricately and understandably weaves into a seamless strand of poetic thought. Vibes of surrealism and post-beat rhythms in a cadence of the genuine poetic beat, David’s work is also brave. He is the only writer I’ve known to openly and eloquently address such current issues as the Presidency, government and politics, the economy, and health and history. The reality is captured in verse, an invaluable insight in the time of coward academics, the underground raises up, offering to us another child of Apollo granting insight and enlightenment through art and poetry.
Michael A. Casares, Virgogray Press
 

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