poet. performer. spoken word.

What readers and audiences say:

“…(Infinite Sequels) is a brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre…. a must see.”
 London Free Press

“..totally spellbinding….a riveting poet and a mesmerizing performer.”
Linda Kahn

“….a virtuoso performance….a moving and memorable experience.”
Theatre London

“….EXCEPTIONAL art at its finest….. powerful and beautiful poetry.” 
Eeva Stierwalt

“….dizzying and phenomenal work…brilliantly written and performed….immersive, visceral, genuine…”
Alan Leangvan 

“Vivid, intense, and poignant… I was thinking to myself that poetry is a rather impenetrable artform. That is, until you hear it performed as memorably as it was in David’s show.” 
Andrew Harding

david stones toronto poet, author, actor
david stones toronto poet, author, actor
david stones toronto poet, author, actor

...poetry & me

David Stones

The poet is the priest of the invisible.  Wallace Stevens

Genuine poetry communicates before it is understood. T.S.Eliot

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Writing poetry is a state of free float.  Margaret Atwood

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement. Christopher Fry

Poetry in motion. Pure poetry. Truly poetic. Throughout the ages poetry has been the universal metaphor for beauty and grace. Rhythmic distillation. Compression of thought. Poetry burnishes words. It polishes, hones and delights. It stirs, disturbs and clings. And I’ve loved it since I could first think. I’ve written poetry most of my life. Breathed it my whole life. I discovered Souster at age eight. The rest followed: Auden, Cohen, Plath, Thomas, Layton. The list is long. I’m writing hard now.  And performing, too.  I take that as seriously as the composition. When I speak my poems the listener hears what I want heard. This site’s a bit of a homage to my craft. Hope you visit often and maybe get to one of my gigs or shows.


...poem of the month


I was writing
at the time
a new poem
about forgiveness

when the blood
from my pen
ran out

ebony and venomous
a bat’s inky drool
evil in its torment.

And as I sat
with that treacherous black
on my darkened hands

stained with lost words
the laughter of escaped language

I wondered
if I could ever forgive
that failed pen
for this most heinous act
of literary treason.

For a short analysis of this poem, see my recent Blog post.


David discusses poetry and his show, Infinite Sequels, with Keith Tomasek as part of his Stratford Reviews/ Performer Podcast series

david stones toronto poet, author, actor

…poetry & me    |     …poem of the month     |    …media      |     …gigs &  publishing    |     blog

...books & shows

david stones toronto poet, author, actor

To every action there is an immediate and intrinsically related reaction, a linked chain of repercussions that domino within this extraordinary corral we call existence.

The path taken, the call unanswered, the leaf that refuses to fall- employing a range of poetic forms and undulations of mood and tempo, Infinite Sequels explores the spectrum of human possibility.

From love to anguish, from reprisal to forgiveness, from joy to sorrow, David Stones casts a discerning eye, a keen wit and a singular poetic voice to the remarkable arc that is life’s journey. 

A full recording of the stage version of Infinite Sequels is now available in DVD form. Heralded by London Free Press as a “brilliant and beautiful piece of theatre,” the show has wowed audiences since its first performance in 2013. Drop David a note here to order your copy for ten dollars.

...gigs & publishing


Dec. 2018 – Dec. 2019: Open Mics (7 p.m.) – 2nd Tuesday each month – Synaeresis Poetry Series, Mykonos, London. https://andreasgripp.wixsite.com/synaeresis

Dec. 2018 – Dec. 2019: Open Mics (6 p.m.) -1st Wednesday each month – London Open Mic Poetry, TAP Space, London. londonpoetryopenmic.com

Dec. 2018 – Dec. 2019: Open Mics (7 p.m.) – last Thursday each month – Poetry Stratford, Agora Gallery, Stratford.

Dec. 2018 – Dec. 2019: Open Mics (8 p.m.) – every Tuesday – Art Bar, Free Times Cafe, Toronto. www.artbar.org

July 18th-28th, 2019: Seven performances of Infinite Sequels at Hamilton’s fabulous Art Deco Westdale Theatre as part of Hamilton Fringe:
Fri July 19th, 10 p.m.; Sat July 20th, 7 p.m.; Sun July 21st, 12 p.m.; Wed July 24th, 9:30 p.m.;
Fri July 26th 8 p.m.; Sat July 27th 1:30 p.m.; Sun July 28th 7:30 p.m.
Order tickets at www.hamiltonfringe.ca/tickets or at door. See show poster under media

October, 2019: Performance of Infinite Sequels with discussion to follow as part of the Stratford Writers’ Festival, 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. , Revival House, Stratford.
Tickets and info at  www.StratfordWritersFestival.com

November 5th, 2019: Feature Poet at Toronto’s Art Bar Poetry Series, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., 8 p.m. www.artbar.org


Watch for new poems NAILS, THE WEIGHTS and OUR SHAPES ETERNAL, all appearing in the poetry and arts e-zine Synaeresis 5 in early 2019.

Just won First Honourable Mention + two Runner-up prizes in the Ontario Poetry Society’s Arborealis prize for Canadian contemporary poetry. Watch for THE CIGARETTE, AT SOME POINT and THE CAN OPENER in Arborealis by spring 2019. www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca

Won two honourable mentions in Ontario Poetry Society’s Open Heart 13 contest.
YOU AS LACUNA and POEM NUMBER FIVE just published by Beret Day Books.  www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca

Won First Prize and Runner Up prize in Ontario Poetry Society’s Might Onym contest.
THE FALSE GOD and THE PRONUNCIATION OF LOVE just published by Beret Day Books.

Harmonia Press just published two new poems in Synaeresis 7: SEARCHLIGHT WORDS (for e e cummings) and INCIDENTAL BEAUTY.  https://andreasgripp.wixsite.com/Synaeresis 

Two new poems, THE PILGRIMS (for Leonard Cohen) and CUT GLASS: Small Villanelle For Dylan (for Dylan Thomas) to be published in the summer edition of Big Pond Rumours e-zine.  www.big-pond-rumours.com 

YOU AS LACUNA to be published out of India as part of a world-wide anthology of magnum opus poems titled Universal Oneness. https://authorspress.com 

Named winner of Brooklin Poetry Society’s 2018 poetry contest for LANDSCAPES, and now will judge their 2019 contest. www.BrooklinPoetrySociety.com 

Three poems will appear in Dancing On Stones, an anthology of Canadian poetry appearing summer 2019 from Beret Day Books: SILENCE ISN’T SILENCE, THE TIME WILL COME and EMILY DICKINSON

...get in touch with me

David Stones
poet. performer. spoken word.

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