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In 1999, the League of Canadian Poets began celebrating April as National Poetry Month. By then, I was really only concerned with writing angry, cynical punk songs. Although I was writing a lot of poetry around ’93-98, my interests had shifted somewhat from poetry to lyrics. Perhaps if poetry held much of the public’s attention a little earlier in my life, then maybe that would’ve rubbed off on me and I may have stuck with it a little longer. Instead, when I stopped writing poetry, that’s just what it felt like – like I had stopped.

In any case, I’d like to take this opportunity, since it’s National Poetry Month and all, to share some of the poetry I had written when I was really into it, when it felt like something substantial. So, here are two poems, “Piss Off” and “Drone,” for you to celebrate this April for National Poetry Month. Celebrate!

PISS OFF

Please,
If you’re
So
Sorry,
Others would
Feel
Fine.

DRONE

You have your yellow jacket.
You have your Adidas pants.
You have your Top 40 radio.
You have the assurance
That as long as you
Stay within the safeguards of
Popular society, you’ll be “cool,”
But you don’t know what cool is,
Drone.

Each of these poems can be found in Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s. Print and digital editions of this work can be found at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

As an extra special treat, just to reward you lucky readers who have read this far, here is a promo video for Fawning, Fear and Frustration where I read “Drone.” Love it.

Cheers!
Dave

Fawning, Fear and Frustration

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Yes, it’s true. Although they’ve been available as e-books for quite some time now, both of my previous works are now available in print! I don’t know about you, but this feels like a big deal to me! I know I’m stoked, at least. ha!

Indeed, both of my e-books now have print editions. And, this comes directly on the heels of TEDxStJohns (which was an amazing experience). It’s been quite a week for this dude right here. *points thumbs at myself* Actually, if it wasn’t for TEDxStJohns, I don’t know if I would have reached this point. Working on my TEDx talk, I started to look into self-publishing in print again. I should also thank Morgan Murray of Words in Edgewise for pointing me towards Amazon‘s print-on-demand service, CreateSpace. On top of that, let me just thank everyone who has ever been supportive of my writing efforts. I really appreciate all the encouragement!

But, that’s enough praise for others; this is my blog, so let’s return to my books in print. *ridiculously happy smiley face* If you’d like to purchase any of my works, I’ve created a Canadian Shop and a U.S. Shop where you can find them all conveniently in the one place. Links to each store are also placed in the main menu near the top of the blog. Besides that, there are a variety of channels where you can purchase my works in print and e-book formats. So, to promote some kind of freedom of consumer choice, let me list some of those here:

You can buy directly from CreateSpace
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

You can buy from Amazon.ca
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

You can buy from Amazon.com
Paperback: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
E-book: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths
Paperback: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s
E-book: Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

Or you can visit one of my stores to find my own works along with some recommendations. My stores are powered by Amazon, so if your total purchase is over $25, then you qualify for FREE shipping! (* Certain conditions apply. See Amazon.ca for details, or see Amazon.com for details.) That’s partially why I have included recommended works in the store. The other reason is because those are some fantastic books and comics! You should read them!

Ultimately… I’m blown away by my recent good fortune! Thank YOU so much for helping me get here!

Cheers!
Dave

UPDATE: Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths is presently (as of 3:45PM, June 3, 2012) available on Amazon.ca and it is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping! There was an issue with this before, but it seems to be fixed now. Thanks for your patience, and sorry for any inconvenience.

Cheers!

Today, Flava’s Street Team goes into action, hitting the streets, pounding the pavement, and what not. It’s still a team if there’s just one, right? Whatever.

Today is also FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, and I couldn’t think of a better time to do some D.I.Y.-style promotions for my own work surrounding comics (and the 90s poetry stuff, despite being completely unrelated). So, I’ve done up some posters with QR codes to post around St. John’s on this beautiful wet and foggy day! The way it works is simple; whip out your smartphone, scan the QR code, and – BOOM! – you’ll be taken by the magic of technology right to the Kindle website where you can purchase either Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths for just $3.99 or Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry for just $0.99!

Keep an eye out around town for these posters:

Superheroes Poster

Fawning Poster with QR Code

And, hey, if you happen to feel like helping out the Flava Street Team, go ahead and print off some posters to place around wherever you may be. Leave me a comment if you do, and you’ll have my infinite (and intangible) thanks!

See you at the comic shop!

Cheers!

Recently I rediscovered a battered old cell phone box containing my teenage writing journals. I was very pleased with this discovery as it took me back to a period when I was persistently practicing poetry as a craft. Re-reading the work from my teenage years, I thought to myself “these aren’t that bad.” So, after lengthy review of the material, I’ve selected and compiled thirty six poems from between 1993 and 1998 in my latest eBook – Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s.

Fawning, Fear and Frustration features a range of poetry that considers love, death and confusion in addition to a number of matters that lay somewhere in between. It features such favourites as “Bubble Gum Girls,” “Retribution,” “Hypocritic Shit,” and more! Taken as a whole, this collection may make you relive the days of your youth, it may provide you with an insight into the lives of teens around you, it might make you question your assumptions and beliefs, and it just might make you laugh.

Check out the FREE sample and you’ll see this collection is totally worth your buck!

WARNING: Contains adult language.

Find Fawning, Fear and Frustration here at Smashwords.com.

It can also be found here in the Amazon Kindle store.