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David Prather releases book of 33 poems

Will read book at Marietta artists gallery

David B. Prather’s debut collection of poems. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg poet David B. Prather’s debut collection “We Were Birds” was released this month by Main Street Rag Publishing in Charlotte, N.C.

The book collects 33 poems that previously appeared in several print and online literary journals, such as Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Seneca Review, Poet Lore, The American Journal of Poetry, Kestrel, and many more, Prather said.

Prather said his work is mostly secular and focuses on daily life with imagery inspired by the Parkersburg and Mid-Ohio Valley area.

Joan Aleshire, author of “Happily” and “Days of Our Lives,” writes, “With ‘We Were Birds,’ David Prather has written not simply a collection of poems, but a deep meditation on the freedoms and constraints of life on earth.”

And John Sibley Williams, author of “As One Fire Consumes Another” and “Skin Memory,” writes, ” ‘We Were Birds’ is…brimming with mystery and the kinds of contrasts that speak to larger human truths.”

While Prather said his work is influenced by worldly and local concerns, he gives great credit to his mentors: local poet Jane Somerville and his Warren Wilson College mentors–Steve Orlen, Agha Shahid Ali, Tony Hoagland and Joan Aleshire.

Prather received first place in the West Virginia Writers Inc. annual writing competition for his chapbook (typically a small book 30 pages or less) of his poems titled “An Unobstructed View.”

The author’s page is online at http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/we-were-birds-david-b-prather/.

Prather also has been active with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg for 20 years, having appeared on stage in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Moonlight and Magnolias,” “Lombardi,” “Children of a Lesser God,” and many more.

“We Were Birds” is available from Main Street Rag Bookstore online (http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/) and from the author.

He says he is only too happy to sign copies. His first reading from this collection will be at Riverside Artists Gallery at 219 Second St. in Marietta on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. as part of the Serenity Poetry Series.

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