My second poetry chapbook: Angels & Adultery was selected by poet Nickole Brown for the Robin Becker Series at Seven Kitchens Press (May, 2018). And I still can’t quite get over it. You can order a copy from Seven Kitchens Press.
This is what Nickole had to say about the manuscript:
Angels & Adultery opens with a sometimes impossible question, one posed by Robert Lowell in his poem, “Epilogue”: “Yet why not say what happened?” This, exactly is what David J. Bauman sets out to do in these aching, raw poems that tell a kind of truth beyond the typical confession to create a narrative that is culpable, terribly difficult, but not without humor and flashes of joy. Here you have the complexities of queer life caged by convention, loving “with a fist,” desire exiled to strip joints on the edge of town. As one poem says, “these are the pieces of my life; this is everything. Help me.” And this, of course, is just what I wanted to do as a reader—reach in towards the speaker of these poems and help—but ultimately, they ended up doing what most good poems do: They helped me instead. As David reminds us in “Genesis Retold,” “Don’t listen to the lies they tell you. Paradise was never lost.” This was what I needed to hear most, and this collection made me believe it.
You can read a sample poem from the manuscript here. and you can order it by clicking here. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just scroll down and click on that pretty DONATE button, a buck fifty to the cost for shipping (in the US) and I’ll sign and send you one myself!
You can check out my first poetry chapbook Moons, Roads, and Rivers (Finishing Line Press, December 2017)