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David Mason grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and has lived in many parts of the world, including Greece and Colorado, where he served as Colorado Poet Laureate for four years. He is the author of eight books of poetry including including The Country I Remember, Sea Salt, Davey McGravy, The Sound, Pacific Light (Red Hen Press) and Ludlow, which won the Colorado Book Award and was featured […]
Pacific Light author David Mason has a new poem, “Windward,” in TLS.
Poet David Mason, author of Pacific Light, published “Shipmates” and “An Ancient Story” in The Hudson Review.
A society is only as healthy as its teachers. Ours, you might say, is in trouble, partly because our teachers often feel underappreciated and unseen. Yet most of us can recall at least one teacher who had a powerful influence on our lives. From high school alone, I remember three: Marge Eggleston, a feisty fisherman’s […]
MY FATHER’S PAINT BOX was made of leather-covered wood, worn at the corners so the wood showed through. As a child, I loved opening that box, looking at the inner compartments intended for tubes of oil paint, now crazed with dried blotches. The paints were long gone when, decades ago, I lifted the lid and […]
As recently as 1980, when I was living in a small village in Greece, I heard the oral tradition at work. A great keening of women erupted in the house across the dirt road, informing me that my elderly neighbor, Erasmia, had died. They were singing the dirges called moirológia, “fate-songs,” spontaneous compositions based on traditional […]
African American Poetry is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection of Black poetry. Edited by Kevin Young, a fellow poet and poetry editor of The New Yorker, the collection spans contemporary writers such as the Pulitzer Prize-winner Jericho Brown to literary giants such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Derek Walcott. As David Mason writes, ‘It needs to […]
Author of THE SOUND: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, David Mason is published on TLS with his new poem “Antipodes.” Read a brief excerpt below: i.m. Derek Mahon, 1941–2020 The death of the poet tenders a new start,one’s own slate of errors wiped clean, and the daycontributes a close horizon bound in fog… To read more, […]
David Mason gives a hypothetical “last lecture”!
The New Criterion has a nice review up of David Mason’s lyrical memoir, News from the Village: Aegean Friends. Here’s a taste: “In one of the book’s most eloquent passages, Mason meditates on loss by reciting a litany of the changes Greece has endured, from the ‘ancient kingdoms of Laconia’ to today, when ‘it’s globalization […]
Poet David Mason, a professor of English at Colorado College, recently was named the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize recipient. The $40,000 will allow Mason to focus more time on creating the libretto for the opera adaptation of his verse novel “Ludlow.” The Creativity in Motion prize is a biennial prize honoring the […]
David Mason, author of Ludlow and News From the Village, has been named the next Poet Laureate of the great state of Colorado! Press release here. Some downloadabe info here. From the Governer’s Office: GOV. RITTER TO NAME NEW COLORADO POET LAUREATE ON JULY Gov. Bill Ritter will name and introduce Colorado?s seventh poet laureate ? David Mason of Colorado Springs ? […]
Best Book of Contemporary Poetry: Ludlow by David Mason (Red Hen Press). The book-length poem has been a very risky venture in the last century. Few efforts can be counted as successes in the manner of their great predecessors, such as John Milton’s Paradise Lost (the great Protestant epic) or Lord Byron’s Don Juan (a great comic […]
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David Mason's verse novel Ludlow is featured in the Washington Post to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of a massacre that led to the murder of two dozen striking coal miners. "On April 20, 1914, thugs working for Colorado Fuel & Iron and the Colorado National Guard attacked striking coal miners at Ludlow," and Mason's […]
Mason is a poet defined by place, if it is Southeast Asia on the Pacific Rim or Northwest America, his poems breathe life of the people around him as well as the nature he observes and partakes in. Careful observation and craft abounds in these poems.
A POET KNOWN for his narratives, like Ludlow, the acclaimed historical-novel-in-verse turned opera, David Mason curates the archipelago of intensely satisfying lyric poems in Pacific Light with the skill of a consummate storyteller. His imaginative sweep is evident in “The Air in Tasmania,” set in his adopted home of Australia, where “the land / takes flying lessons from […]
Poet, essayist, and librettist David Mason grew up in Washington State, worked for many years in Colorado (where he became the state’s poet laureate) and a couple of years ago moved to Tasmania. Pacific Light, his new collection, is largely about that transition and his getting to know the landscapes and cultures of his new country. […]
Sea Salt by David Mason was reviewed by The Dark Horse in their Autumn/Winter 2015 issue. It’s pretty exciting to read such a great review all the way from Scotland: “Reading Sea Salt is to be immersed in a poet’s language. . . . a haunting and evocative collection. I found much rich reading in tracing the way Mason explores […]