ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David LaBounty has held jobs as a miner, a mechanic, a reporter and a salesman. His work has appeared in Rattle, the Los Angeles Review, Night Train, the New Plains Review, Booth, and several other journals. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and other literary awards. He is the author of the novel Affluenza. He lives in Michigan.
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"Some of LaBounty's poems cling to the edge of the page like someone peering off the roof of a tall building. Others take a few steps across, but only a few, which seems appropriate to the difficulties of their subject, the end of a marriage. Either way, this book is worth your time. For its delicacy, for its gentle humor. And, in the end, for its grace."
—Lola Haskins, The Grace to Leave
"When I read David LaBounty's poems life slows down and I am reminded to hold the weight and strength of every word. moon chalk is a meditative collection on the stark, disturbing, beautiful and even humorous moments in life. A must read for those of us that need a gentle push towards remembering the undeniable struggle and grace of life."
—Stefanie Wielkopolan, Border Theory
"The rooms of these poems easily allow one to enter, then the quiet grace of the rhythm enters your blood and you are inside the skin of the world made human and accessible. David LaBounty is an assured singer and his tunes are profoundly accessible, reverberating, ultimately haunting with love, yearning, memory, hope, and yes... much much music."
—Scott Wannberg, Strange Movie Full of Death
I only care about my sons,
how they are fruit
in a garden fullof misunderstood leaves
Lyrical and reflective and painfully honest, David LaBounty's debut collection is an exploration of faith, love, fatherhood, and fidelity all weaved around a series of poems dealing with life, parenting, and the wake of a changing family.
Elm Ridge Books, an imprint of Silverthought Press, is proud to present moon chalk by David LaBounty, available December 2011.
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