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David Shaddock

David Shaddock and Peter Dale Scott

16 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

Poetry Flash presents a book launch reading by David Shaddock, The Book of Splendor: New and Selected Poems on Spiritual Themes, with poet and political thinker Peter Dale Scott, Walking in Darkness, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, wheelchair accessible, 7:30 (510/849-2087,

David Shaddock's brand new book of poems is The Book of Splendor: New and Selected Poems on Spiritual Themes. Daniel C. Matt says, "David Shaddock discovers splendor in the mundane. By the power of his lyrical imagination, he liberates the divine sparks trapped within their material shells." His previous collections are In This Place Where Something's Missing Lives, Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles, and Vernal Pool. His work has won the Ruah Magazine Award for a collection of spiritual poems and the International Peace Prize. A psychotherapist who lives in the East Bay, he's also the author of several nonfiction books, including the forthcoming Poetry and Psychoanalysis: The Opening of the Field. He writes "Poetry and Healing," a regular column in Poetry Flash (
Poet, political thinker, memoirist, former Canadian diplomat, and UC Berkeley professor Peter Dale Scott's recent poetry collection is Walking on Darkness. His other poetry collections include Tilting Point, Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror, Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse, and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000. Robert Hass said, "Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time."
Peter Dale Scott was awarded the prestigious Lannan Poetry Award in 2002. His recent books on political topics include The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S Democracy.

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