Poetry Reading: Two Poems of David K. Leff from The Blue Marble Gazetteer
in honor of poet-environmentalist David K. Leff (1955-2022)
David K. Leff isn’t a poet I had the fortune of meeting in person. Nonetheless, we were part of the same tribe in more ways than one. Firstly, we are both poets affiliated with Homebound Publications. Secondly, David’s poetry — both the stunningly beautiful and those that pull no punches with his own style of ferocious truth-telling — involve themes that stir my own heart-mind.
Tragically, we lost David this year,…the same year his new book of powerful poetry was due to be released. The Blue Marble Gazetteer is a riveting requiem for the earth and all of Her inhabitants. A meditation on climate change, a contemplation on the implications of life lived as chronic ecological imbalance, David’s words are fierce, tender, brave, mournful, celebratory, revelatory, and “dharmic” (in the sense of “reflecting reality-as-it-really-is”). The Mississippi Gulf Coast artist Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) once said, “The third poetry is sometimes never written; but when it is, it is written by those who have brought nature and art together into one thing.” David’s poetry is poetry that brings nature and art into one thing.
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