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Tierra Zia Paperback – August, 1996
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...a sand-colored book of principally spiritual poetry set in a world of dry, scintillating light. Illustrated with pen and ink drawings, the ancient ancestral world of northern New Mexico is channeled as the poetry's accompanying Spirit. ...a world thrice-factored: primordial timelessness, Anazasi ancestral ruins, and now-time secular abomination. In his handling of each of these elements, Gary David emerges as a poet of uncommon precision and breadth, and as one who believes wholeheartedly in the promise of poetry's deepest orders to consecrate the individual soul beyond a bio-blasted circumstance. Its 40 pages is no indication of its fabulous range: from poem to poem, the poet moves without a lapse, condensing the quotidian & the breathtaking, history & nature, topography & appetite. It is a book to carry for a lifetime. -- Ralph La Charity, The Temple, Spring 1999
Gary David expands the limits of a form he has been instrumental in creatingthe verse documentary. At a time when poetry flounders, and historiography is at war over old grounds, his work may well be the light of the future. -- Ed Dorn, author of Way West and Gunslinger
Mr. David's talent is manifest, and perhaps immense. The labor required to create this book was humongous, and I'd not be surprised if it provoked a Pulitizer. -- David Castleman, Dusty Dog Reviews
These lines seek to honor the Ancient Ones' This is how Gary David's dedication to his new collection of poetry Tierra Zia begins, and the whole book becomes a testimony to that quest, honoring Them best by celebrating the land itself where, as he says so succinctly and truly morningsare endless blue mesas of air.' I admire and respect Tierra Zia. It is a worthy addition to Southwest literature and I am sure it will be hailed as such. -- Keith Wilson, author of Graves Registry and Lion's Gate:
more accomplished than a good many of the better known names currently bounced around. It is my belief that an entire and powerful culture of unknown poets currently exists, whose work will ultimately need to be acclaimed if this nation is to continue to have a genuine, vital and useful poetry. Gary David is among those poets. -- Dale Jacobson, author of Shouting at Midnight
From the Publisher
The spirit of place, voices of history, and the exploitation of sacred lands are central motifs in the work of this writer of highly crafted musicality and vision.
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