David Chorlton


David Chorlton has lived in Phoenix since 1978 when he moved from Vienna, Austria, with his wife. Born in Austria, he grew up in Manchester, close to rain and the northern English industrial zone. In his early 20s he went to live in Vienna and from there enjoyed many trips around Europe to enjoy and paint its landscapes and towns. In Arizona he has grown ever more fascinated by the desert and its wildlife.
His books include:A Normal Day Amazes Us (Kings Estate Press), 2003 Return to Waking Life (Main Street Rag Publishing Company), 2004 Waiting for the Quetzal (March Street Press), 2006 The Porous Desert (Future Cycle Press), 2007 The Devil's Sonata (Future Cycle Press). He has also published many chapbooks, and has twice won the Slipstream Chapbook Contest, most recently for From the Age of Miracles in 2009, and in 2008, won the Ronald Wardall Award from Rain Mountain Press for The Lost River.
 His past readings include The Tucson Poetry Festival in 1984 and the Bisbee Festival in 1991. He likes to see poems in unexpected places, and this year one of his was interred with desert legume seeds from The Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway. He often reads a poem for Maricopa Audubon meetings, had a poem included in the British Museumís anthology, BIRDS, and has recently read in performances by Opendance.





A Black hawk glides just above the pines,
tilting to one side and then
to the other
pushing aside a portion of sky
before dipping out of view.
The ground beneath him shifts
as mountains cut deeper
into blue space, the closer hills
pull away
from gravity, and the wrinkled slopes
that drain into a valley
grip the earth with shadows
held down in their claws.
Middle distance
melts. Horizons all
evaporate. Through the tip and sway
of summer light
the land falls
away toward the edge
of everything. A county slides
across the liquid curve on the eye.




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