Everyone is CO2
David James Brock writes poems to entertain the contemporary pop-cultural intellectual. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes ... Read more
David James Brock writes poems to entertain the contemporary pop-cultural intellectual. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes his work is his knack for compressed narrative, lyrical inventiveness, and surprising detail - he brings together all his experience as a dramatist, lyricist, and genuine fanboy.
David James Brock
David James Brock is a playwright, poet and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada and the UK. He is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award for his play Wet. Brock's debut poetry collection, Everyone is CO2, was released by Wolsak and Wynn in spring 2014. He is co-creator of Breath Cycle, a multimedia operatic song cycle developed with cystic fibrosis patients that was nominated for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He lives in Toronto.
"David James Brock?s Everyone is C02 is a fun book of poetry to read. That in and of itself is a feat, and you ought to read it for that reason alone. ... On subsequent readings, you start to discover Brock?s talent, you appreciate his approach to language more and more, and you feel as though you?re in a conversation with him. It?s a great debut from a great poet. Read it. " - (parenthetical)
"David James Brock brings his experience as a dramatist to his poetry ? using succinct narrative and a lyrical style to surprising subject matters that run the gamut of high and low brow, from the epic of Gilgamesh to pop culture. " - All Lit Up
"I thought Everyone is CO2 was whipsmart stuff from start to end. Reading Brock is bit like a carnival you never expected to attend but enjoy thoroughly. Good poetry should make you go places you've yet to travel, it should make you squirm once in a while. Brock's intelligent dander has a take-no-prisoner appeal. " - Michael Dennis Poet