EPITHALAMIUM

What if we all could ascend

and be the love we wish to have?

 

What if we decided in this moment it’s possible

in this forever community sitting on rented chairs?

 

If I can be the man you all hold in your hearts—

lovely as the levity inside my bride’s eyes—

 

maybe any feat is possible?

If I can be more than a man and impossibly depersonify,

 

recast myself as this embodied moment

to be bouyant inside the eyes of a hundred loved ones—

 

we walk among earth flailing to anchor in passion’s treasured moment.

These eternal seconds whistle with the songs of our descendants—

 

waiting for us to gather in their small arms

this one-thoughted love will bring us more eyes to levitate within

 

We revel in the triumph

of the impossibility of forging a community,

 

the ridiculous business of renting chairs!

If our love could ascend

 

and be the constant wish to our ancestors that toiled to provide, if, only if!

We sit amidst four trees feeling the greatness of our families

 

forever boys and girls inside our bodies

chittering in the handles of our August garments winding up to celebrate

 

if I can be the man you hold in your hearts

I will take you inside of mine

 

my bride’s eyes levitate with our lives before us—

I can’t look away.


 

8.5.2017

WGAS Radio Appearance

I was a guest on "Who Gives a Shit" with Matt Muchowski on Lumpen Radio.  

We talked about Fast & Furious poetry, comicbooks, Suicide by Jaguar, sincerity, Kid Rock running for Senate and I wrote a poem on the spot and read it on air.

I spent a lot of time thinking about what shirt I would wear that day, which just goes to prove that humans don't really understand technology.

It's about two hours long for those of you dying for some Devastating Dave aka Dr. Delish aka Yung Carlos Boozer aka Sweet Tomato aka David Copperfield

Many thanks to Matt Muchowski, my homeboy from High School, for making this possible. Follow Who Gives a Shit radio on the Zuccbook.

"My Only Motive is Money..."

The secondhand market for my book is getting a little out of control.  

Suicide by Jaguar is going for $500 on Amazon.

My publisher and I consciously decided to not make the book available on Amazon. Secondhand resellers do what they want.

Here's a friendly reminder that you can buy this book at cover price ($16.95) at Jai-Alai Books.

I recently did a few commissions for a customer looking for two poems: one a eulogy for her cat that had passed away and one for an upcoming wedding.

5 x 7 in protective sleeve

5 x 7 in protective sleeve

8.5 x 11 in protective sleeve Also my cat, Tanuki

8.5 x 11 in protective sleeve

Also my cat, Tanuki

I'm pretty into writing wedding poems - I title each and every one "EPITHALAMIUM" and I hope one day when I'm older I can release a small book of all of the wedding poems I've written.

Cat poems are great too.

If you're interested in getting a commission from me, check out the link below.

Commissions by Dave Landsberger

I have some copies of The Fast and The Orpheus available for purchase on my shop.  They are limited in supply, so remember, it doesn't matter if you buy it now or buy it later...buying is buying.

Now I'm not a professional speculator but $11 seems pretty cheap for the definitive Fast & Furious poetry experience.

2 Poetry 2 Ferrari Social

podium 

podium 

/// Follow the crew ///

Direction - Gesi Schilling - http://www.gesischilling.com/

Video - Jorge Graupera - http://www.jorgegrauperafilms.com/

Best Boy - Nick County - https://www.instagram.com/nickcounty/

Production Fellow - Oscar Rieveling - https://www.instagram.com/oscar.iii/

Zine Design - Noah Levy - https://noahlevy.net/

Production - Melody Santiago Cummings - https://www.instagram.com/memelodia/

Executive Director - P. Scott Cunningham - http://cargocollective.com/pscott

Thanks to Lou La Vie for the whip

Near Death Experience

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February 21, 2017 - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Poems While You Wait's finest, Eric Plattner and Logan Breitbart, have warrants issued for their arrest after causing a civil disturbance during a poetry reading this past Thursday at the sharply partitioned Poetry Foundation.

"It was like nothing I've ever seen," an unsuspecting viewer reported to davelandsberger.com, "And I've seen a man eat the length of his limbs in Subway sandwiches."

Viewers of the poetry reading are irate and filled with vengeance, steadily calling attorneys with easily memorized phone numbers.

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Near Death Experience side 1

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The dynamic duo released a collaborative renegade pamphlet of poems titled "NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE" which tallied the crowd's marrow count with an Enkidu-channeling heavy metal sweetness. 

The reading concluded with an impromptu civil disturbance wherein contraband was distributed on the steps of a nearby church.

Security guards found evidence of counterfeit Oreos and are in the process of testing fun size Twix and Kit-Kat's to determine the scale of the unlisenced candy distribution operation.

"I won't tolerate this contraband on my watch.  I'm calling my boss" The security guard said before calling his boss.

davelandsberger.com will keep you updated on this developing story.

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Near Death Experience side 2

I Just Watched XXX and it was Awesome

I Just Watched XXX and it was Awesome

 

he jumped barns

he jumped avalanches

he jumped jumps

I kept throwing up and crying at the same time because it was so awesome

too awesome

I feel empty now

I feel like dying

I can't ride dirtbikes like him

I can't do that cool sideways thing over a gully

he is an asshole

I am an asshole

there is no reason here

only illusions

 

- Derek Keisgen

 

This poem is important to me.  Here's why:

  1. It is written clearly and plainly
  2. It allows for the simultaneous existence of beauty and vulgarity towards media
  3. It is reverential and critical in respectful ways

This past Friday I went to see XXX: The Return of Xander Cage.  When the movie ended, people stood up and clapped.

Those are the people who I write poems for.

Thank you, Derek Keisgen.

Derek Keisgen's band, Bear vs. Shark (Michigan's finest) is below.

2016 Creativity in Review

Here's what I accomplished creatively in 2016, organized by poetry, comics, and rejection:

POETRY

I try to write one "good" poem a month.  This year I wrote 10 poems that are currently in my next manuscript. None have been published yet. Here are the titles:

  • In-Line
  • Frontage Road Song
  • Plane Song
  • Expressway Country Song
  • Perhaps Loons
  • Still Waters
  • Waverace Freestyle
  • Beaver
  • Aspire
  • Deer Before They Bolt

I did a handful of poetry readings this year which was very necessary - I hadn't read in Chicago in almost 3 years.

I attended five Poems While You Wait events, a number that I hope is higher in 2017.  

Poems While You Wait celebrated our 5 Year Anniversary and we released Poems While You Wait, Live @ 5, an Antholozine, a book that collects our work over the years.

COMICS

BEEF JAMS was picked up and published by VICE Comics. 

With co-writer Marc Koprinarov I wrote 26 new pages of an unannounced Beef Jams project that will be released in 2017. The highlight of this project was running the editorial for the comic and PAYING ARTISTS THAT I LOVE to draw my characters.

With artist Amancay Nahuelpan (YOUNG TERRORISTS, CLANDESTINO) I co-created an unannounced comic project that is currently being colored.

I also developed two other separate comics projects and my goal is to have artists secured for them by end of March 2017.  

It was a great comics year for me that sets the stage nicely for 2017 and beyond.

REJECTION

I wrote an essay about James Dickey as a Salesman and what poets can learn from his sales skills. I learned that poets have absolutely zero interest in learning from salespeople. So, you know, that's great considering that's exactly what I am.

I wrote a poem about Derrick Rose when he was traded to the Knicks and shopped it around. No one liked it and with hindsight I can see why - it reads like a pop-punk emo ballad.

I had a nice conversation with The New Yorker about my poetry but they opted to pass on it. That's happened to me twice now with them, but hey, I think it's an accomplishment in itself.

2017

This year will be one of my most visible years as an artist.  There's so much planned that I can't even announce or tease yet related to both comics and poetry.  The big plans of 2017 are partly why this website now exists.

Peace out, 2016