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.

Debut Poetry Collection: Everyone is CO2

Everyone is CO2 (Wolsak & Wynn, 2014)

Everyone is CO2 (Wolsak & Wynn, 2014)

Crafting poems that delight scholars and fanboys alike, David James Brock's debut poetry collection addresses the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes his work is his knack for condensed narrative, lyrical inventiveness and his use of surprising details. He brings together all his experience as a dramatist and lyricist to mine the zeitgeist and write poems sure to entertain the most discerning pop-cultural intellectual.

David James Brock's Everyone is CO2 launched on April 16 as part of Wolsak & Wynn's new imprint, Buckrider Books. 

Buy the book at an upcoming event or on the Wolsak & Wynn website.

 


Press

Review by Michael Dennis (Today's Book of Poetry, September 15, 2014)
"These poems leap from the page directly at your jugular.  That is, of course, only after he has sucker-punched your brain.  This is a master stage director plotting the audience and organizing their gasps... Brock shreds common sense as unnecessary as he rollicks all over the place with Shaman-like wisdom and an encyclopedic memory... I thought Everyone is CO2 was whipsmart stuff from start to end."

Review by Mark Sampson (Free Range Reading, August 8, 2014)
Everyone Is CO2 taps into very specific periods of pop culture... the references here will resonate most with those born in the 1970s and `80s. Yet what comes of all this? An entirely new and fresh existence for these cultural touchstones, infusing them with an agency of their own. This is something that Brock does exceedingly well."

Review by Nico Mara-McKay (This magazine, July 15, 2014)
"The poems in David James Brock's debut collection never rest, ranging in time (1959 through to 2039), place (Toronto, Steubenville, Venus), and subject (pop culture, music, the epic of Gilgamesh). Topics and themes switch a break-neck speed, united only by a sharp eye for dramatic imagery."

Review by William Kemp ((parenthetical), May 21, 2014)
“Seldom have I read, in recent memory, a collection of poetry that is so willing to have fun... Brock’s poetic voice is a much-appreciated, much-welcomed one that is, for the most part, conversational in tone, but still steeped in technique and skill. He shows the reader, without a hint of irony, the strange, quirky beauty in a language often thought of as less refined—and by extension, less beautiful... It’s a great debut from a great poet. Read it.”

Article by Kris Bone (The Town Crier, April 21, 2014)
“An expert combination of smart, snappy phrasing and interesting, offbeat subject matter made his poems exciting to listen to. Brock’s work continues to mutate and evolve, comfortable spanning multiple genres and conceptual divides as he moves into his first full-length publication, with his poetry stronger, stranger, and more fearless than anything we’ve seen from him yet."


Chapbooks

Black Metal Melody (Ferno House, 2011)

Black Metal Melody (Ferno House, 2011)

Black Metal Melody

Black Metal Melody is the kind of chapbook David James Brock would like to read. He loves metal and he likes poetry. The poets he admires seem to write the poems they want to read. Certainly, the bands he likes write music that they want to hear. With this chapbook, Brock hopes metal fans will recognize the content and want to read more poetry, and poets will admire the poems and want to listen to some Enslaved albums.

Buy Black Metal Melody directly from him. He has all the existing copies and can meet up/mail one to you for 15 bucks!

Read an interview with David James Brock in Verbicide Magazine.


Dinosaur Porn (Ferno House and Emergency Response Unit, 2010)

Dinosaur Porn (Ferno House and Emergency Response Unit, 2010)

Dinosaur Porn: Anthology

Released in 2010 by Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit,  Dinosaur Porn is a limited-edition, lovingly handcrafted, and perfect-bound collection of poetry and fiction that responds to the outrageous and creative coupling of the terms "dinosaur" and "porn."

Dinosaur Porn includes poetry and fiction by: Louise Bak, Gary Barwin, David James Brock, Andrew Faulkner, Warren Dean Fulton, Spencer Gordon, Corrigan Hammond, Joe Hickey, Penn Kemp, Henry Lee, Christine McNair, D. D. Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, James Nadel, Leigh Nash, Kenneth Pobo, Shannon Rayne, Carey Toane, Jordan Trethewey, and Sara Wilson.

Buy Dinosaur Porn on the Ferno House website.

Read an interview with Ferno House in Torontoist.

Read an interview with Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit in Steel Bananas.


Gasmask Summer (Emergency Response Unit, 2009)

Gasmask Summer (Emergency Response Unit, 2009)


Gasmask Summer

Gasmask Summer is David James Brock's first chapbook. It is a series of darkly comic poems exploring summer fashion and its effect on our culture and identity.

Read an interview with David James Brock in Verbicide Magazine.

Poems Online

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