poet. performer. spoken word artist.

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

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

...poetry and me

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.

The poet

​​In this summer silence
hermetically still as time bleeds
across the sprinklered lawns

is my whole life shining
charged and fused
with its wick of burning flesh.

I knew it then
before the bleached wires of sun
how a life in art
spiders its dark stain
into the grey hard rocks

into the trailing hearts
we chase,
but never catch.

See my Blog Post for comments and analysis of The Poet

...what poetry lovers are saying

On David’s performance as “The Poet” from his book “Infinite Sequels“…

david stones toronto poet, author, actor
"Riveting"
david stones toronto poet, author, actor
"Unforgettable"
david stones toronto poet, author, actor
"Mesmerizing"

​”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's latest

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.​

...media

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

...gigs and events

  • Jan. –June/18 : OPEN MICS- London Open Mic Poetry, Mykonos, London, londonpoetryopenmic.com
  • Jan.- June /18Open MICS- Poetry Stratford, Stratford ON
  • Jan.- June /18: Open MICS- Art Bar, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., www.artbar.org
  • May 30 – June 10:  London Fringe Festival  6 performances of Infinite Sequels @ McManus Studio Theatre, opening May 30th and running until June 9th, as follows: May 30th – 9 p.m.; June 1st- 5:30 p.m.; June 2nd- 6:00 p.m.; June 4th- 7:00 p.m., June 8th- 9:45 p.m.; June 9th- 1:30 p.m.
  • June 9/18: Guest Poet, Words and Music Salon, Tranzac Club, Toronto

...get in touch with me.

David Stones
poet. performer. spoken word artist.

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