David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.

New Poem for Stuart Ross's 2017 Inaugural Poem Project

As 2016 came to a close and we all prepared to bite down on a hard stick with uncertainty for 2017, I was "happy" to write a poem for Stuart Ross's 2017 Inaugural Poem project. I had been stalled with new poems for a bit, but this prompt got me writing, and in about an hour and 30 minutes (shhh...secret), I had something I didn't hate. You can read this, my latest poem Study the Universe and reveal the reason optimists stopped searching, or S.T.U.A.R.T.R.O.S.S. right here.

Stuart authored of one of my favourite poetry books of 2016 A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent, and his explanation for the 2017 Inaugural Poem Project is as follows:

Welcome to this exciting new blog, where poets from around the world can audition to write the 2017 inaugural poem for whoever ends up being POTUS. (I mean, you can never be certain, right?)

The only constraint is the acrostic form.

Please be respectful: nasty language and threats will not be tolerated.
— http://2017inauguralpoem.blogspot.ca/2016/12/welcome.html

With just 17 days left until Donald Trump takes office, you still have time to enter a poem. Or, just read some great work by poets like Kathryn Mockler, A.G. Pasquella, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Gary Barwin, and one of my fave poets out there, Jim Smith.