David Lee working. (Photo courtesy of Jan Lee)

Aubade Paean
Fanfare for the Uncommon Man

             —after Aaron Copland

A soft spot
in the cloud rips

Streamers of light
spill and
glister the buttes

until the cloudseam heals
Then the redarkening
around dawnseep

trickles through
a notch in the horizon

A pinon
stuffed with song

of white-crowned sparrows
A crepitant windchime

into a geyser
of quarter notes

fills the sky


                                                For Leslie Norris

Stone  Wind  Water – Poems by David Lee
Rainshadow Editions, Black Rock Press
University of Nevada, Reno 2010

David’s latest, Rusty Barbed Wire: Selected Poems, was published this year by Samara Press.

Find all of David’s published work at your local bookstore here.

Join David as he reads some of his latest work this Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m., at the historic Silver City Schoolhouse.

To reserve a seat, email Quest Lakes at quest@theodata.com

A photo David of Lee relaxing. (Photo courtesy of Jan Lee)

David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate. In 2001, he was finalist-runner up for United States Poet Laureate.

He is the author of two dozen volumes of poetry, including The Porcine CanticlesA Legacy of ShadowsSo Quietly the EarthLast Call and Mine Tailings. 

A former seminary student and semi-pro baseball player (the only white player to ever play in the Texas Negro Leagues for the Post, Texas Blue Stars) and hog farmer, he has a PhD. with a concentration in John Milton. He taught at Southern Utah University for over three decades where he received every teaching award given by the university, including being named Professor of the Year on three occasions.

His awards include multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Western States Book Award, Mountain and Plains States Booksellers Award, Critics Choice Award, Utah Book Awards, Elkhorn Poetry Prize, Evolutionary Poem of the Year, Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Utah Governor’s Merit Award in the Humanities and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

The Utah Humanities Council and Utah Education Association named him one of the top 12 writers in Utah literary history and he was the 5th academic in Utah higher education to be named a Lifetime Fellow by the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retired, he scribbles and wanders rural roads and byways, all at about the same rate and pace, and maintains his intense training schedule to achieve his goal of becoming a World Class Piddler.

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