The Old Man's Poems
by David Ossman
This book of poetry by David Ossman was inspired—by the company of a cat, a mountain, and a cup of coffee—to write something poetic every morning. Many of you will remember David through hearing episodes of the Firesign Theatre. (If you've not heard that title before, I encourage you to look it up.) Here is a brief excerpt from the beginning of the book.
Poems written during the “Old Man” years, mostly concerned with larger world events, particularly the Endless War, have been collected in Marshmallows & Despair, published by Neopoiesis Press. His essential volume of interviews, The Sullen Art, published by the University of Toledo Press, collects the earliest radio conversations with Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Denise Levertov and twenty other emerging writers working in New York in 1960. Ossman’s two period-set comedy-mystery novels and two memoirs with comedy scripts come from Bear Manor Press, along with Firesign’s literary archive from records, radio, stage and film, edited by Ossman.
About David Ossman
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1936, Ossman and family lived around that state, (and in Mexico City for a couple of years) before settling in Los Angeles, by the USC campus, near Downtown, a streetcar ride from Hollywood. All of the cinematic noir LA locations he grew up in have significantly contributed to his work, along with the influence of an early friendship with Ray Bradbury.
Ossman and his wife Judith Walcutt have lived on Whidbey Island for over thirty years and their residence in the Northwest, with a view of Honeymoon Bay, has inspired the collection at hand, The Old Man Poems. Written over several Island seasons, the Old Man observes the state of the Mountain (Mt. Baker) and often shares his morning meditations with his new kitten.
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