Booth’s poems, mostly written as tiny stories, take the reader in sinuous twists. One poem is backwards. Another examines the relationship of smoking and poetry. A classroom of sixth graders calms down by listing what they’ll do when the pandemic is over. The poet flies a kite. The poet is driven off by a Black bird. The poet introduces dystopian fiction. I love these poems’ multi-layered ingenuity, their surprise gifts, their spirit of optimism. – Amazon Reviewer
Enter the beautiful unknown with David Booth’s, Too Bright to See. These moving poems are about love, marriage, aging, sickness, mortality, parents and children, siblings, trauma, pandemic, racism, sexism, roses, typography, murder, technology, God, social entrepreneurship, sobriety, humor, and at least one time capsule.
“Offering surprise after surprise on each and every page, David Booth’s debut collection, Too Bright To See, sets out the welcome mat for a deep and moving cast of characters: shelter-in-place friends, lovers, caretakers, Puck, sixth graders, grandmothers, Harry Hay, a sacred pedestrian, Gilda Radner, and many more. He writes, “It’s good to see them. It’s good to see everybody.” Here is a writer standing at an opened door, ready to let us in, too.” —Toni Mirosevich, Lambda Literary Award winner and author of The Takeaway Bin
“David Booth’s debut poetry collection is a bold dance that deftly moves the reader through a series of unexpected and emotional narratives, some of which I can’t shake and don’t expect to anytime soon.” —Adrian Todd Zuniga, author of Collision Theory and creator of Literary Death Match
“This debut collection combines a fiction writer’s command of story with a poet’s passion for language and line. Rather than constrain humanity’s tumbling mind, this book collaborates with it, by turns leading and being led. A narrator enters a story, moving parts around like furniture. A third-person prose piece takes an abrupt left turn into an elliptical first-person poem. Bits of language appear in the margins, refusing to be absorbed or ejected. With virtuosic dexterity, Booth paints us in all our luminosity and shadow, inviting us to finally, fully inhabit our extravagant imaginations like a child who crosses into the rising sun straddling a hippopotamus. Booth’s work carries us toward a horizon too bright to see.” —Sarah Rosenthal, author of Lizard
About the Author
David Booth is a high school humanities teacher and a poet. He lives in San Francisco, California, with his wife Ingrid Hawkinson and their Calico cat Bella. His blog is www.sacredpedestrians.com. TOO BRIGHT TO SEE is his debut collection of poems.