by David Bateman
Rated PG, these poems loosely chart an adolescence – moving swiftly into middle age – experienced without parental guidance. As the poet morphs from poodle to petal, finding solace in Haiku (and other profound decorative forms) he considers a timeless revisionist anecdote – When he was just a little girl he said to his mother, “What will I be?”
Impersonating Flowers answers some of the questions his mother was afraid to ask.
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Currently based in Toronto, David Bateman is a visual artist, performance poet, and playwright whose most recent performance piece, Does this Giacometti Make Me Look Fat? or Art Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, was presented in New Orleans in the spring of 2010. A Brief History of White Virgins or The Night Freddy Mercury Kissed Me was presented across Canada in 2009, and his spoken word monologue What’s It Like? has been presented in Montreal, Toronto, Peterborough, and Cyprus (2010). He has taught literature and creative writing at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions. His three collections of poetry, designation youth, Invisible Foreground and Impersonating Flowers, have been published by Frontenac House (Calgary). Frontenac has also published his collaborative long poem entitled Wait Until Late Afternoon, written with poet/novelist Hiromi Goto.
His spoken word monologues and solo plays have been presented both nationally and internationally over the past twenty years. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary (English Literature; specialization Creative Writing) and has taught at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions including Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), and Trent University (Peterborough). His arts and entertainment reviews have appeared in XTRA, IN Toronto, and at <a href=”http://www.batemanreviews.blogspot.com”>batemanreviews.blogspot.com</a></p>
Hang onto your hat: it’s a wild ride, hetero or gay; poetry shouldn’t be so much fun!
~ Richard Stevenson, Northern Poetry Review