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David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal

Born: June 28 1968 in Palo Alto California, USA
Resides: Berkeley, California, USA

David Rosenthal lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the Oakland public schools. His debut book The Wild Geography of Misplaced Things was published by White Violet Press in 2013. His haiku and senryu have appeared in print and online in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, Lilliput Review, Wisteria, and other journals. Other poems and translations have appeared in print and online in Rattle, Measure, The Formalist, Unsplendid, Birmingham Poetry Review, and other journals.

Awards and Other Honors: Semi-Finalist, Donald Justice Poetry Award, 2010/2011; Nominee, Pushcart Prize, 2007; Finalist, Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, 2007.

Books Published: The Wild Geography of Misplaced Things, White Violet Press (2013).

Selected Work
the geyser erupts –
for a moment I forget
the smell of sulfur
on a blade of grass:
the last remaining droplet
of yesterday's rain
after crashing here,
a wave from a foreign shore
slips back out to sea
forgive me, spider –
the sun only lit one strand
of your sidewalk web
gypsy moth cocoons
in a canopy of trees –
sound of gentle rain
buried in a pile
of camellia petals:
camellia petals

Credits: "the geyser erupts" - The Heron’s Nest XI:3 (2009); "after crashing here" - Cotyledon 12 (1999); "gypsy moth cocoons" - Frogpond 31:3 (2008); "on a blade of grass" – Brevities 5 (2003); "forgive me, spider" - Brevities 4 (2003); "buried in a pile" - Lilliput Review 109 (2000); Carapace 47 (South Africa, 2004).

Additional Reading: David's Rosenthals's Haiku Registry page was updated on September 26, 2018.

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