Contact Sheet: Poems by David M. Frye

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ISBN/EAN13: 1493745468 / 9781493745463
LCCN: 2013921671
Page Count: 54
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Poetry / General

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First Friday Book Signing

Cinnamon Dokken, owner of A Novel Idea Bookstore, and her staff hosted a First Friday Open House and Book Signing on Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. David Frye signed copies of Contact Sheet. He contributed proceeds from the purchase of this book of poetry—totaling $500—to benefit a Southwood Lutheran Church fund dedicated to acquiring textbooks for secondary-school students in Tanzania.

Five to ten classmates often share one textbook.

The funds will be wired to the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and then distributed to the schools to procure books for the term that begins in July 2015. The funds will pay for about fifty books.

Thanks to all who came to the bookstore, visited with David, bought books, benefited students in Tanzania, and enjoyed the great atmosphere and selection of books at A Novel Idea.

Contact Sheet

The roots of the word “photography” mean to “write with light.” In Contact Sheet, David M. Frye uses words as the lights and shadows that describe the fine-grain details of the ordinary world. This work, his first collection of poetry, reflects his posture as a poet and photographer, a Pennsylvania native who lives in Nebraska, and a lifelong traveler of the pathways between the analytical and creative realms.

David Frye’s Contact Sheet brings a much needed heart to contemporary poetry. It’s a relief and revelation to read a poet so open to the teachings found in the quietest of moments. These poems brighten this planet like “a pair of … steely eyes shining in the dark.”

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Lucky Fish

Each poem in Contact Sheet is thoughtfully and beautifully crafted, proving that the poet has looked closely and thought hard about where he lives.

—Phillip A. Billings, author of Porches: An Introduction to the Citizens of Annville, Pennsylvania


A Feather Fallen

A cloud flaps its pinions
droplets plit upon
a flat of stone
a back of dog
a cheek of face
man and beast and earth
as night flutters into day
and wind’s towel
rubs dry
rock and fur and skin
leaving only a memory
a feather fallen
from weather’s wings.

About the Poet

Growing up in Pennsylvania, David M. Frye learned an appreciation of poetry from his mother and a love of photography from his father. After receiving an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s degree in theology, he moved to the plains of western Nebraska. Later he earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His poems have appeared in Simul: Lutheran Voices in Poetry, Seminary Ridge Review, and The Word in Season. He and Anne, his wife, live in Denton, Nebraska.

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