Biography of David Cooper
David Cooper began writing poetry at 18; he won his first poetry prize for a poem about the Vietnam War titled: 'Question.' He was a reporter for the Courier-Journal and has been an English teacher at Jefferson Community and Technical College for twenty-eight years. He won first place for faculty fiction in 1995 Metroversity Writing Contest for the short story, 'Have You Been Saved? ' He has published in the Kentucky Poetry Review, Jefferson Review, Bluegrass Literary Review, and Muse Magazine. Last December he won first prize for the poem, 'Bajan Girl.'
David Cooper's Works:
David Cooper Poems
(For Natalie) She was dark and fine with large African sunsets
Imperial, supercilious Self-crowned Monarch Of the bad comb-over
(For Suzette) While we walked Through the gardens On that rain soaked
Richmond, Virginia 1958
My father, mother, and I traveled six hundred miles And twenty years back In a brand new Plymouth sedan.
Like Dunbar A caged bird Cannot fly. I spread my wings& try,
Blame it on the August Moon that waxed and waned way too soon. from fall's eve until December she burned like an ember.
She was dark and fine
with large African sunsets
You could see the whole world
in her eyes.
Her eyes reflected joy;
they mirrored the pain—