David James Brock writes poems to entertain the contemporary pop-cultural intellectual. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh. What distinguishes his work is his knack for compressed narrative, lyrical inventiveness, and surprising detail - he brings together all his experience as a dramatist, lyricist, and genuine fanboy.
Poet, playwright, and librettist David James Brock lives in Toronto, but he has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Victoria, British Columbia. He holds various degrees in literature, science, and creative writing. He is a graduate of the Tapestry Opera librettist's workshop and a veteran of the Fringe Festival theatre scene. His plays and operas have been produced in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Edinburgh, London, San Francisco, and other cities. His most frequent collaborator is the Scotland-based composer Gareth Williams. There are forthcoming productions of Brock's stage works in New York City, Toronto, the UK, and elsewhere.
"David James Brock's Everyone is C02 is a fun book of poetry to read. That in and of itself is a feat, and you ought to read it for that reason alone.... On subsequent readings, you start to discover Brock's talent, you appreciate his approach to language more and more, and you feel as though you?re in a conversation with him. It's a great debut from a great poet. Read it." - (parenthetical)
"David James Brock brings his experience as a dramatist to his poetry — using succinct narrative and a lyrical style to surprising subject matters that run the gamut of high and low brow, from the epic of Gilgamesh to pop culture." - All Lit Up
"I thought Everyone is CO2 was whipsmart stuff from start to end. Reading Brock is bit like a carnival you never expected to attend but enjoy thoroughly. Good poetry should make you go places you've yet to travel, it should make you squirm once in a while. Brock's intelligent dander has a take-no-prisoner appeal." - Michael Dennis Poet