poet. performer. spoken word.
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.”
“….a virtuoso performance….a moving and memorable experience.”
“….EXCEPTIONAL art at its finest….. powerful and beautiful poetry.”
“….dizzying and phenomenal work…brilliantly written and performed….immersive, visceral, genuine…”
“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.”
...poetry & me
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.
I was writing
at the time
a new poem
when the blood
from my pen
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
if I could ever forgive
that failed pen
for this most heinous act
of literary treason.
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.
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
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