Death in the Foyer
by 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.