Dave Birss

Rookie (28th October 1971 / Glasgow, Scotland)

Biography of Dave Birss

Dave Birss poet

I only really started writing poetry properly about 3 years ago. It was all a misunderstanding. A friend asked me to read some of my poetry at a magazine launch evening. And I forgot to say no. So I ended up having to write enough poems to fill a 20 minute set.

And then I was bitten by the bug.

Since then I must have written over 500 poems. Sounds a lot - but most of them are very short. My shortest poem so far is 8 letters. And I still think it's a bit flabby.

I write under a couple of different identities as well as under my own name. These are:

The Gorilla Poet - mainly kid's poetry
http: //www.gorillapoet.com

The Guerrilla Poet - poetic vandalism
http: //www.guerrillapoet.com

I also occasionally read my poetry on BBC radio shows. And I write poetry live on air every couple of weeks on my local breakfast radio show.

To top it all off, I'm running a project to get British schoolchildren to write poetry for a book that will raise money for charity. I've got a bunch of cool celebrities on board as well - and hopefully this year it will earn a few thousand pounds for good causes.
http: //www.poemsforpudsey.com

Dave Birss's Works:

Forthcoming books:

Poems for Pudsey - written by schoolkids and celebrities to raise cash for charity

Breaking out of the library - a photographic record of poetic vandalism

Finbar's Family - the poetic tale of a strange young boy

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Happysad

I'm happysad
laughcrying from our
goodbye-ing
and farewell kisses
and this is
uglybeautiful
cos through the
smilingtears
it's clear
that you and I
should never say
goodbye

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