David Mortimer believes poetry is for speaking aloud and for carrying with us. As thought. As conversation. As music and argument. His third collection Magic Logic is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann publishing. Mortimer's poems have been broadcast on PoeticA and Writers Radio and published widely in newspapers, journals, e-journals, collections and anthologies. He's had first-prize-winning poems in Salisbury Writing competition 2008, Poetry Unhinged 2005 and Gawler Poetry Cup 2003, and shortlisted poems for the Blake Poetry Prize 2009, the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2010, and the Montreal Poetry Prize 2011. Mortimer's "Thirteen Poems" CD (2010) is available from the author.
Red in the Morning
Bookends Books (distributed by Wakefield Press), Adelaide, 2005
Poems of suburban life, birds, bushes, insects and ideas – of music, food, sport, sex, companionship and the unconditional.
Children are shimmering
In the backyard
Set of windows can’t contain
‘David Mortimer’s first book length collection of poetry is a delightful journey through a poet’s mind and work, month by month and poem by poem. His strong sense of metaphor and imagery, as well as his observation of detail and intricate nuances, contribute to create the poet’s own world of words where, as he says 'Everything is on the edge/ of being something else'.’ Ioana Petrescu – Red in the Morning
Friendly Street New Poets 8: Fine Rain Straight Down” Collection: Barker, Driver and Mortimer
Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2003
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