It was published by Offa's Press in late 2014. They say don't judge a book by its cover but boy this book has a very beautiful illustration that can definitely capture your attention and make you curious about its content.
|The Chatter of Crows|
The book has 66 pages and the poems range from free verse to Japanese-inspired haibun and haiku. And this is what I like about this book - it gives me a West meets East kind of feeling.
Also I like David's use of vivid imagery and playful tone in his poems. A friend of mine who also read the book was captured by how a poem 'let the readers fill the gap themselves'.
For me, the poems also leave you reflective about them. Also, having been born in the Philippines, I normally find it difficult to get British humour, but surprisingly, I can totally appreciate the humour in some of the poems in this collection.
Offa's Press likes poems which are 'good on the page and good on the stage' and I think David managed to deliver that. If you want to see for yourself, attend some of his readings this summer:
June 2 - he will be reading at The Works Canteen, Black Country Museum, Dudley (7:30 pm)
June 12 - he is taking part in an open mic reading at The Pottery, Old Chapel House, Much Wenlock, TF13 6HT (7:30 pm)
You can also order this book from Offa's Press' website, Amazon & Waterstones (though Waterstones may take up to 3 weeks to get the book for you)