David SmithWhite (270552 / Australia)
Biography of David SmithWhite
Currently unemployed, I am a former Braille Librarian and secondary school teacher, now living, in genteel poverty, in the city of my birth, Sydney. I am a graduate from The University of Sydney and have a B.A. and a Graduate Diploma of Education.
What interests me about poetry is the discipline required to write it. I love the challenge of strict verse forms, the need for simplicity, clarity, and economy that such structures demand. I look upon my own verse as a craft, not as an art. It's not that I think that my work lacks poetic resonance (that is a judgement others will make) , but I draw far less from the well of inspiration than from the sewers of perspiration, if you get my drift?
What I fear, in this new age of instant publishing, is that the refinement of the raw, creative impulse will be lost; we should remember that poetry is a conscious literary form designed to communicate to an audience, and whether it succeeds or not, should be the touchstone of it's literary value or worth. As a journeyman, you can help your work succeed, by using every available tool at your disposal, whether this is metre, rhyme or free. There are no rules. Whatever works, works!
Now the new Sedition laws make it possible that any implied criticism I make about Australia's involvement in Iraq or other similar neo-colonial or imperial adventures will be classed as encouraging 'disaffection with the Government' and thus could potentially subject me to seven years of incarceration in an Australian gaol. So let me say at the outset I intend no 'disaffection with the Government', but must admit that any criticisms I make are of 'government policy', only!
It may be of interest to some that I am a nephew of the Australian writer, Nancy Phelan, who is herself a niece of the Australian writer (and Poet, listed on this site) Louise Mack!
260106 I note here that a second cousin of mine (Malcolm Mackerras) has today been awarded an Order of Australia for services in promoting Australian 'political communications', whatever that is!
Good one, Mal!
David SmithWhite's Works:
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
celebrated on May 21st every year
Your Favorite Poets’ Favorite Books of Poetry
Daily Rituals of Famous Authors
Writers seem to be the most prone to unshakeable routines and elaborate superstitions.
Incredible Reading Rooms Around the World
Cozy, beautiful places to curl up with a good book...
Song: High Fidelity
When there's no-one left to care. I'll be there.
Or they say you've got no prayer. I'll be there.
When a moment freely shared, is as precious and as rare,
as the diamonds in your eyes, and the highlights in your hair.
And time itself's impaired, with seconds running scared,
with minutes gone into hiding like hibernating bears.
And none of us are spared, to lull the crawling dread;
with emotions not easily aired, but locked inside the head.