Winter, 1963, Mise En Scene, and Swimmers on the Shore, Whidbey Island
West By Northwest.org is honored and delighted to present three new poems by a native son, David Mason. He wrote: “I’ve always hoped my work might be noticed in the region of my childhood, and to have it illustrated with a painting by Emily Carr was very, very gratifying… A third collection of poems is coming out next spring, and I’ll send you a few of those with pleasure.”- Dave. Thanks, Dave -Editor.
May 25, 2003
It’s been more than a decade since “The Buried Houses,” a collection of poems by David Mason debuted, co-winning the 1991 Nichols Roerich Prize. A lyric and narative poet David Mason’s work is extraordinary in the range of characters and place. In an age when poetry tends to be auto-biographical he sailed a different current. Some of his work is reflective of his daily life, and some is sheer use of his imaginative spirit. He is also one of the most readable contemporary poets; maybe it’s the narative voice or maybe it’s the way he finds the poetry of the venacular voice. Like another poet and story teller, Ursula K. LeGuin, he gives us back the magic of simple words. -Editor