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“These poems are filled with life—not just any life, but deeply energetic, optimistic and determined energy. Reading through these pages has been the most vivifying experience I’ve had in a long time.” —DW Gibson, New York Times Award-Winning American Writer & Journalist, Director of Art OMI Ledig House the Writers' Residency in New York
“These poems are stardust, an extended breath. A lyric meditation on the miracle of self-inside the ongoing greater miracle of unanswered questions flickering behind the poet's eye. A beautiful collaboration and balm for pandemic spirits.”—S.A. Griffin, An American Poet, Publisher, Co-Editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
"David Dephy and Joshua Corwin's A Double Meaning is raucous, adventurous, salt-wet, and stinging! These poems aren't afraid to tackle the big questions, rooting them in the body. We find the restless mariner within ourselves in the garden, at the kitchen stove. There is longing, heartbreak, homesickness, a roiling in the mind, and ships at sea. The yearning is unceasing - but how beautiful, to yearn so strong, to keen toward an ideal as tangible as "home."-Brian Sonia-Wallace, An American Award-winning Poet
"A Double Meaning is an ambitious collaborative work by two outstanding poets Joshua Corwin and David Dephy whose contributions are complementary and synergistic. The poets deploy new tropes with their allegory, expressing truths and generalizations about human existence with their symbolic fictional figure and his adventures. "-Richard Modiano, Director Emeritus Beyond Baroque Foundation
"David and Joshua's collaborative collection A Double Meaning is simmering with profound words that bring out the introspective nature of nature and its elements. This marvelous collection is a deep exposition of the fears, angst, and confusion we all are surrounded and exposed to in our lives. The poem "Songs of the Sea" brings out the deep and necessary feeling of seeking solace in childhood memories. Similar poems like "The Gift of Silence" carve out the aesthetic and the introspective beauty silence carries within itself. The collection is simmering with poems like "The Call" which deeply reflect the need to extricate oneself from the desires holding them back and let them only be driven by the insurmountable faith. An act which will lead us to salvation which we are desperately looking for. David and Joshua's poems answer the inner calling of the readers through their erudite responses. "Ocean's Song" a multipart poem, speaks volumes about the meditative and the spiritual aspect of nature and its element around us. It is a deep exposition of beautiful emotions such as love, hope, strength, and its various manifestations. David and Joshua's collaboration carves out the divine aspect of nature and its elements beautifully. It's a marvelous and riveting collection of collaborative poems depicting the personal struggles weaved with constant trials and tribulations in our lives. David's simple yet profound words coupled with the deeply introspective and meditative words of Joshua Corwin have birthed this beautiful collection of poems; which will be savored by the poetry readers for years to come. A book I highly recommend adding to your collection. "-Megha Sood, An American/Indian Award-wining Poet
"Poetry can ask myriad questions. One of the most basic: What does it mean to be alive in the world? With a book aptly titled A Double Meaning, we also need to ask how do we come alive to this world? Wisely, David Dephy and Joshua Corwin don't essay a single answer. Instead, they offer hints and suggestions: Light flowing "from the heart of the rain this morning ... / Pulses through memories . . . " or the contradictions of a Zen koan: "Silence is the gap, needs speech to breathe ... " or here, "Every time I feel moved by the deep, I remember/ - voices - I my childhood search for a song never sung." Equally arresting is the way echoes are used to create imprecise correspondences that reverberate rather than reiterate: memory, breath, silence, the past, rain, tears (water in all its incarnations is in itself a leitmotif). But to go back to square one: Can A Double Meaning help us come alive to this world? It comes rewardingly dose: "Let go, memories and premonition," it advises. Closer still, "salvation / isn't a cage ... Our home is present/ beyond / all routes " Clearly, A Double Meaning will reward our attention." -Aaron Fischer, An American Award-winning Poet
Publishing date: August 12, 2022
Paperback: 86 pages
Dimensions : 6 x 0.29 x 9 inches
David Dephy -- A Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist. The founder of Poetry Orchestra. He is named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press, and Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily.
Joshua Corwin is a neurodiverse, award-winning poet and author of Becoming Vulnerable about his experience with autism, sobriety and spirituality. He taught poetry at The Miracle Project, an autism nonprofit located in Beverly Hills, CA. Currently, he is enrolled in the MA Counseling Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and lives in Los Angeles.