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Collected Poems by David M. Bourns

Collected Poems

by David M. Bourns

146 pages
Lyric poetry focused on nature,love and farm-life themes.

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About the Book
The poems in this collection were written between 1965 and the present. In a sense, they all sprang from my early years growing up on a farm in Michigan. Free to roam, I fell in love with nature, its moods and creatures, the rich earth and night stars. As was true when I performed music, my goal was always to convey emotion, to reach the reader's heart. The language is generally straightforward, often colloquial, even, at times, archaic. There are mysteries to unfold in life, no doubt, but I hope, no mystery lines in these poems, decipherable by me alone. I have always stuck pretty close to meaning, like burdock burrs cling in an overgrown field. I sought to come upon just the right words and to polish them until they shone like smooth pebbles in a clear stream. The poems are grouped in four, overlapping thickets, for a semblance of order. Those groups are titled: "Pastoral Poems", "Poems-Puerto Rico, New York City", "Love Poems", and "Wee Word Poems". That said, all poetry depends upon a sympathetic reader. I truly hope there are those-willing to walk a ways with me.


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About the Author
David Bourns was born on a farm in Michigan in 1944. He obtained his B.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan in 1965. He then moved on to New York City to pursue his true passion—music. After receiving his M.A. in Oboe from the Manhattan School of Music in 1967, he worked as a freelance musician in New York. In 1968 he began what would become a 38-year career teaching oboe at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and playing Principal Oboe in the Puerto Rico Symphony and the Festival Casals Orchestra. He retired in 2006 and currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Nedis.



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