PO Box 2, Unionville, VA 22567, US

David Black

Aspects of a Crosscut Saw and Other Poems

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“This is a crop of poems that uses simple but profound words to cut lasting images of his Appalachian landscape and feeds the world with downhome wisdom….” (Patsy Asuncion)

“[his] solitary observations cut across a rural culture of hard work and handwork, recalling the old fashioned in the very best sense…knows how to tell a story, and in this fine collection, he invites readers to sit right down and listen in.” (Wendell Hawken)

Some Task, Long Forgotten and Other Poems

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“In many ways, David Black does in Virginia what Wendell Berry has done from his farm in Kentucky. These are poems you feel at home with, as solid, sure, and well-made as a white oak table from the hand of a craftsman. Their grain shows through—children and marriage, neighbors, relatives, familiar crises, demanding work well done. David has the gift.” (Tony Russell, Live Poets )


“…an unusually mature achievement… a fine collection….” (Henry Taylor, Pulitzer ’86)


“[compares to finding] a Monet in the same gallery where the Matissse and Renoir paintings are displayed….” (Sharyn McCrumb, NYT best-selling author)


Shortcomings: Around the Grounds & Corner

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 I was selected one of the initial group of Echols Scholars at UVA in 1960. Here, in clerihew form, are memories of that group and that era…some acquaintances, a few favorite faculty members, and some historical figures.

The Clown in the Tent

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Poems inspired by my life experiences and search for faith…whatever times a Higher Power has been revealed….”The poems of David Black are meditations and explorations grounded in a particular community, a specific landscape, and often infused with religious faith.” (Leila Christenbury, VCU)