David Lee Garrison

Poet

206 E DIXON AVE
OAKWOOD, OH 45419
Phone: 
937-219-1675

Author's Bio

I write about everyday things that bring deep emotions to the surface, about people and their struggles. Many of my poems have to do with the process of aging, and many hark back to high school days. My main goal as a poet is to communicate, so my poems are not hard to understand with a first reading. In all of them, however, I try to achieve a transcendence that invites a second or third reading as well. Some are comic or satiric in nature, as I believe that one of the many wonderful things poetry can do is make us laugh. I write because writing is what makes the most sense to me and because it brings me close to the heart of human experience.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
A Bird Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011)
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Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
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Dan River Anthology (Dan River Press, 2003)
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MOTA 3: Courage Anthology (Triple Tree Publishing, 2003)
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O Taste and See: Food Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2003)
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I Have My Own Song for It: Modern Poems of Ohio (University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2002)
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Stories of the Wild (Murie Center, 2001)
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WPFW 89.5 Poetry Anthology: The Poet and the Poem (WPFW, 2000)
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Poetry & Prose: An Anthology of writers of Jefferson & Berkeley Counties (Four Seasons Books, 1998)
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Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith (Harold Shaw Publishing, 1994)
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Poetry from the Amicus Journal (Tioga Publishing Company, 1990)
Books:
Science And (FutureCycle Press, 2014)
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Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism (Del Sol Press, 2013)
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The Lost Ones (Del Sol Press, 2012)
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Narthex and other stories by H.D. (Book Thug, 2011)
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Cosmographia - a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic (Book Thug, 2010)
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22 Skidoo / SubTractions (Book Thug, 2009)
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Bridge of Sand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)
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Sweeping the Cemetery (Browser Books Publishing, 2007)
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Mall-hopping with the Great I AM, poems (Somondoco Press, 2006)
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Okie Chronicles (David Robert Books, 2005)
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Soul Cavalcade (Coral Press, 2005)
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The Novice Mourner (Bear Star Press, 2005)
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Stereopticon (David Robert Books, 2004)
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To day --- Minutes only (Goats & Compasses Press, 2004)
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Cutting Time (Coral Press, 2003)
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Dislocations in Crystal (Coach House, 2003)
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Life Inside: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003)
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Embalming Mom (University of Iowa Press, 2002)
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Saunter (University of Georgia Press, 2002)
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Autobiography of So-and-So (New Issues Press, 2001)
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Greatest Hits: 1981-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
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Pink Cadillac (Coral Press, 2001)
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Finding It (Mille Grazie Press, 2000)
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Playing in Traffic (Founder's Hill Press, 2000)
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The Sting Rays (Electron Press, 2000)
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Guilty as Charged (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1999)
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Learning By Heart (University of Iowa Press, 1999)
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Between Ourselves (Backwoods Broadsides, 1997)
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Inside the Sound of Rain (Vincent Brothers Company, 1997)
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The Best of Cream City Rev (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Press, 1997)
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Zen Yentas in Bondage (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1997)
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New Poems of the River Spirits (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996)
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A Calendar of Worship & Other Poems (Plane Bucket Press, 1995)
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Iterations of the Diagonal (Shuffaloff Books, 1995)
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Embracing the Fall (Plain View Press, 1994)
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Postmortem (University of Georgia Press, 1994)
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Cutting Stone (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
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Shepherdstown Historic Firsts (Four Seasons Books, 1992)
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College Handbook of Creative Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1991)
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These Are My Shoes (Boz, 1991)
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The Dream Givers (Lake Shore Publishing, 1990)
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Noah's Daughter (University of Western Florida, 1988)
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The Panhandler (University of Western Florida, 1988)
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The Way to Heron Mountain, Poems (Night Tree Press, Rome, NY, 1986)
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The Game (Scribner, 1973)
Chapbook:
Blue Oboe (Wyndham Hall Press, 1984)
Journals:
ABZ #1
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Agenda
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Ally
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Antietam Review
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Art/Life Limited Editions
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Askew Poetry
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Atlanta Review
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Atlantic Monthly
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Classical and Modern Literature
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Colorado Quarterly
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Comstock Review
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Connecticut Review
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Denver Quarterly
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Fiction Network
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Georgetown Review
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Half Tones to Jubilee
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House Organ
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McCall's
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Media & Methods
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Mississippi Review
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Mississippi Valley Review
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Mother Jones
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Nebraska Review
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Negative Capability
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Noah's Daughter
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Omni
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Parnassus
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Poem
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Potomac Review
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Provincetown Arts
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Quarry West
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Reconfigurations
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Rivendell
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San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Snake Nation Review
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Solo
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The Armchair Aesthete
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The Bridge
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The Classical Outlook
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The Dos Passos Review
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The Griffin
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The Listening Eye
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The New Yorker
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The Other Side
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Timber Creek Review
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Ultramar Literatura
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Vincent Brothers Review
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Wind
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Woman Poet
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Writer's Almanac
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Yankee Magazine
Performances:
Beyond Baroque (2011)
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Cobalt Cafe (2011)
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SoapBox Poets (2011)
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Writer's Row (2011)
Prizes won: 

Poem, "Bach in the DC Subway," featured on Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry Website," October 2009. Paul Laurence Dunbar Prize, 2009. Poems read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer’s Almanac," November 7 and 11, 2007. Individual Artist Grants from the Montgomery County (OH) Arts and Cultural District, 1996, 2000, 2004.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
White
Prefers to work with: 
Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Portuguese, Spanish
Born in: 
Bremerton
Raised in: 
Bremerton, WA
Washington
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Last update: Sep 02, 2019