Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Performer, Publisher, Editor, Event Organizer
Editor: Ascent Aspirations Magazine
David Fraser is a poet, spoken-word performer, publisher and editor. He lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Friday's Poems, Ascent Aspirations Magazine. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry (Mother Tongue Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Walk Myself Home (Caitlin Press) and recently Tesseracts 18. He has published six collections of poetry; Going to the Well, 2004, Running Down the Wind, 2007, No Way Easy, 2010, Caught in My Throat, 2011 and, Paper Boats, 2012. In addition David has co-authored with Naomi Beth Wakan, On Poetry, an inspirational book on poetics and poetry and has recently completed a response poem collection, Maybe We Could Dance, with poet Pat Smekal. His most recent collection of poetry, After All the Scissor Work is Done was published by Leaf Press in 2016. He is the former artistic director of Nanaimo's spoken-word series, WordStorm www.wordstorm.ca. He participated in Random Acts of Poetry, a national poetry program that brought poetry to the streets of Canada. David is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. He is currently working on a series of crime fiction novels featuring Jack McQueen.
David in the spring of 2015 was the Organizing Director for the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Nanaimo, BC. David was also named the Federation of BC Writers Honorary Ambassador for 2017.
Leaf Press Catalogue
978-1-926655-93-2 | 5.5 by 8.5 inches | 68 pp | $16.95
After All the Scissor Work Is Done
by David Fraser
These poems play with memory, finds out what's left on the cutting-room floor. David Fraser steers away from linear narrative, edits out connections, allows the reader room. But these are not pretty pieces: the poems scrape at the dark of human experience.
"The sepia of nostalgia creeps like a mist over these poems, yet the sharpness of his memories, imagined or otherwise, keeps the reader from lulling into complacency by asking that we confront, time and time again, our own human frailties and our own mortality. A brave book." (Naomi Beth Wakan, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo, B.C.)
Leaf Press Catalogue