David E. Cowen
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About David E. Cowen
David E. Cowen is the Bram Stoker Award Nominated of author of Bleeding Saffron (Weasel Press 2018) and three other books of poetry, Sixth and Adams (PW Press 2001), The Madness of Empty Spaces (Weasel Press 2014) and The Seven Yards of Sorrow (Weasel Press 2016), and Bleeding Saffron (Weasel Press 2018). Madness and Seven Yards were also short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in their respective years of publication. David has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in journals in the United States, Great Britain and Australia. David was also the editor of the Amazon Kindle Best Selling Horror Writer Association’s Poetry Showcase Volumes III and IV. David's Essay Hope Dished Out in Plenty was featured by Thisibelieve.org in a Thanksgiving feature in 2008. The Canadian Radio Company's Outfront series included a poem by David in their 9/11 tribute. David is currently editor of the HWA Poetry Blog.
David is a past juried poet of the Houston Poetry Fest, Austin Poetry Festival and Waco Wordfest and has been given awards in multiple poetry competitions. David is a practicing attorney originally from Brownsville, Texas and who now resides in Houston, Texas.
David's Poetry Blog for the HWA appears at http://horror.org/category/poetry2/.
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Starting with the title, The Hand That Wounds is a line from Cowen's brilliant poem, "The Homilies of Edward Prendick", the English gentleman who was shipwrecked and winds up on the Island of Dr. Moreau. "His is the House of Pain/ His is the Hand that Wounds". It's just one of a variety of exceptional dark poems you won't want to miss!
In The Dystopian Cantos, hunger is the subject of a 20 verse look at a gritty, but possible, tomorrow when we discover "The gods of power/dying with the last technician ..." but the struggle to survive continues. Further on, be chilled by lines like "the door to all of that is closed leaving me to muse memories/ from scraps of you/in my file" (from the door)
Another kind of chill emanates from lines in The High Woman of Lowland Morgue: "When the beauty inside is dark/ What remains is but the remains/ Is there pleasure from this preservation/ The cold abeyance of decay/ Blue lips closed tightly /Or is she now as in life/ The untouchable virtue /Eyes unfocused and dispassionate"
Cowen is a master of free verse, at times drawing fantastical parallels to the portents of our era; other times, illustrating the dark dimensions of the human psyche. -Marge Simon, Multiple Stoker Winner
—Stephanie M. Wytovich, Bram Stoker-nominated author of Mourning Jewelry and An Exorcism of Angels
There are 10,000 bodies buried in the Galveston cemetery and in The Seven Yards of Sorrow, David E. Cowen not only speaks for them, he channels them in symbiotic poetry. For all intents and purposes, these are the words of ghosts, brought to us in a celebration of life by crossing over into death.
—Peter Saloman, Bram Stoker-nominated author of
All Those Broken Angels
“I feel as if I have walked among these stones, some yet buried, and been touched by voices of the dead.”
—Marge Simon, Multiple HWA Bram Stoker Winner
and Science Fiction Poetry Association Grand Master
A bravura collection
—Daniel P. Olson World Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award Winner and Bram Stoker nominee
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