BOOK 2

ONE

 

BEAVER

EXPRESSWAY COUNTRY SONG

PLATFORM

THE RIVERSIDE MOOD

DESERT COUNTRY SONG

PAYCHECK

PEREGRINE AS SEEN FROM CONFERENCE ROOM

RETENTION POND COUNTRY SONG

ON DRY LAND

THE TAMING OF BUCEPHALUS

RIDGELINE

 

TWO

 

JET SKI FREESTYLE

AL FRESCO

AMBITION DEVOURS

NUDES

BEG FOR THE NIGHT

HOT TANGERINE

DOUBLE BATHED

DREAMBOAT

VAPOROUS

 

THREE

 

PERHAPS LOONS

STILL WATERS

DEER BEFORE THEY BOLT

GOLIATH WATERHOTDOG

FAVORITE WRITER

TURBULENCE COUNTRY SONG

FISHTAIL

COLLUSION

CRISIS

ON-RAMP COUNTRY SONG

 

FOUR

 

PLANE COUNTRY SONG

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

DATACENTER

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO

INDOORS

PROVERB

 

FIVE

 

I WOULD BE RELUCTANT AS LEAVES

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

LOVELESS

FILTHY HABIT

BERSERKER

KAHUNA

FRONTAGE ROAD COUNTRY SONG

LOOKING INTO THE KLEENEX

 

SIX

 

HIBERNATION

WINTER THE HORROR POEM

SHARDS

 

2.3.17

been in the lab but big things soon

Dave Landsberger Homecoming

Hi, I'm Dave Landsberger and I founded Poems While You Wait with Kathleen Rooney and Eric Plattner in 2011.  

You might not know that though, considering I've been absent from PWYW since March of 2017.  

October marked my triumphant return to PWYW.

Reading at The Singleman Affair, Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL

Reading at The Singleman Affair, Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL

I read a few new poems in front of a Friday Night crowd at Cafe Mustache in Logan Square for a series entitled "The Singleman Affair".  I will rank the new poems in order of how well they went over.

  1. Winter the Horror Poem
  2. Beaver
  3. Daylight Savings

On September 28, 2017, Poems While You Wait visited Randolph Street Market.  I wrote one poem that I like, titled "WAVES OF FALL".  I have since retitled it after the first line, "I WOULD BE RELUCTANT AS LEAVES"

On November 17, 2017 Poems While you Wait attended The Adler Planetarium's "Adler After Dark" series.  The theme this time around was "Adler After Dark Ages" so there were tunics all up in the place.  

I don't think I wrote anything that amazing this night, but here's some pics including an obligatory shot of Chicago from Northerly Island.  Lit purple for Veteran's Day, I really enjoy this color on the city.  I also enjoy how you can see the border of the light polution on the clouds to the right.

Here's to being more public. See you out there.

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.

Near Death Experience side 1

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

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.