Death in the Foyer by David R. Altman
David R. Altman
David R. Altman is a free-lance writer living in Lawrenceville, Georgia. “Death in the Foyer” is Altman’s first book of poetry. He is currently the Books & Writers Editor of the Pickens County Progress in Jasper, Georgia, where he is a columnist and feature writer. Altman has also published articles in the Gwinnett Daily News, the Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald, Georgia Outdoor News magazine and others. After earning a degree in journalism in the mid-seventies, Altman spent nearly 35 years working first as a television news producer and later as a corporate vice president.
His poetry influences came early in his life, where he was inspired by Frost, Eliot, Tennyson, Yeats and Auden (whom he met in 1970). Altman, 62, returned to his Alma Mater, Georgia State University, in 2013 to study poetry under David Bottoms, Georgia’s former Poet Laureate and author of nine volumes of poetry.
When he is not writing, Altman can often be found on the water. He is an avid bass fisherman and has competed in more than 50 professional tournaments in the past five years. Altman believes there is a spiritual connection between the fisherman and the poet.
The Zanesville, Ohio native has also been active with RestorationATL, a non-profit organization that unites suburban churches and young people to be in ministry with homeless women and children in downtown Atlanta.
Altman and his high-school sweetheart Lisa have been married for forty years. They have three daughters, two grand kids and four (active) grand dogs. When he and Lisa (and their cat B.C.) are not enjoying their family, they spend time at their cabin in the north Georgia mountains, where many of these poems were composed.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT “DEATH IN THE FOYER”
“Here is a poet who is not afraid to plummet the depths of the domestic. These poems explore bravely the concerns of the human heart and show us how the common occurrences in our daily lives often reveal the profound. These are poems written from the heart.”
— David Bottoms, former Poet Laureate of Georgia and author of “We Almost Disappear”
“David’s sometimes lyrical, sometimes narrative style captures the reader and holds on. He is one of those rare poets who can do the long-lined poems well, so that they literally sway, creating mood and texture that serves to amplify his voice. Poems range from the philosophical to the mundane, and in each, this fine poet manages to catch the reader off guard, surprising with language or implication.”
–Marsha Mathews, author of “Hallelujah Voices”
“Altman’s razor-sharp wit, unflinching wisdom, and rare intellect are balanced between humility and his ability to describe reality without the trappings of poetic clichés. He experiments successfully with several forms of verse, and does so with brave strides from one page to the next. The lines that hit me hardest, always searching for the answers, wandering just outside the reach of wisdom come from “Her Woods”: “Woods to wander, stretching forever in no real direction/Waiting to swallow the confident visitor/Stillness now, except in the noises heard but not yet defined”. Everyone has been swallowed in their own personal woods, feeling ahead for a sign of something familiar, trying to maintain a confident bravado while we listen for a friendly voice to guide us. Dave Altman helps the reader find that safe way into a warm sun by the end of his epiphany-of-a-chapbook, Death in the Foyer.”
–Clifford Brooks, Pulitzer Prize nominee and
author of “The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics”
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]