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Local author publishes new book of poems

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

David Black announces the release of his new book of poems, “Aspects of a Crosscut Saw.”

As the title implies, this large collection again features many scenes of and meditations on rural life, and hits both its comedic and tragic sides.

David Black

“The Virginia countryside, its people and wildlife—that’s my muse,” said Black.

Fellow writer Tony Russell echoes that when he recently wrote: “These are poems you feel at home with, as solid, sure, and well-made as a white oak table. Their grain shows through—children and marriage, neighbors, relatives, familiar crises, demanding work well done. David has the gift. You can almost hear his voice as you read…a voice you are drawn to, with its steadiness, leavening humor, underlying reverence, and insight into the ordinary.”

In recent years, Black’s poems have won a number of state and regional awards and been published in journals and anthologies throughout the South. His work has drawn praise from Pulitzer-prize winning poet Henry Taylor, and from NY Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb. This is his largest collection to date.

The book will be available at the usual local outlets, on Amazon, and from the author.