Praise for TOUCHSTONES
David’s poetry touches moments of profound awareness amid the quotidian of modern life. Plane flights, dreams, silences, baseball games, seasons, work, even terror—his ordinary touchstones bring you face to face with the extraordinary fact of this existence.
– Michael Virtanen, author of The River’s Tale
Whether he is retelling a story about a childhood visit to the local American Legion or he is describing an old and musty baseball card collection, poet David Walsh is doing more than waxing nostalgic for the past. His poems are quiet contemplations of place and time. He may be taking the reader along a backroad where he can hear music in both his landscape and his car or he may be gently arguing with wildlife for the rights to a spring garden. Indeed, through his lyrical stories, he rises above sentimentality, and instead explores what makes us all human.
– Karen J. Weyant, author of Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt
David Walsh grew up in rural upstate New York and has spent his career working for local and State government. His interests include history, both geopolitical and social; baseball; and the social and economic impact of technology. He still considers himself a poet in training, and has been greatly influenced by summer poetry workshops at the Chautauqua Institution. David and his wife, Pam, live in the capital region of New York.