Matthew de Lacey Davidson is the author of an historical novel, a short story collection, two poetry collections, and a play in verse.
(from the collection, “Please Don’t Forget Me”)
Beholden to a constant clientele,
lights reveal an absence of a crowd.
No one asks to taste the Muscatel;
nonetheless, the music’s still too loud.
The Maître d’ – chats cheerily,
the hostess feigns a smile;
the chef writes on a blackboard wearily,
of dishes no one loves nor shall revile.
No couples coo by candlelight,
discussing doubts nor making future plans.
(A painted scene by Hopper – late at night…)
Outside – no line of faithful fans –
a waiter waits on no one (with a cigarette on his breath);
hope transforms to ashes – in one more store-front death.
The first collection is as follows:
“What Souls Might Bear” is a poetry collection in two parts. The first contains a new invention; namely, an “almost-epic” poem, the plot of which concerns Tarquin P. Scallywag – a Scottish-born, Shakespeare quoting, Gentleman Grave-Robber who moves to Kingston, Ontario in the 1820s (then Upper Canada). Painstakingly researched and picaresque in style, over several chapters the reader witnesses the gradual evolution of a life as told from the deathbed. In addition, the story is told, not in a linear fashion, but rather through imagery.
Part two consists of a collection of shorter poems, mostly dealing with existential and political issues, many of which are lighter in nature, and are in traditional forms (such as Sonnet, Ottava Rima, and the Villanelle). This collection looks to the future through the eyes of the past.
The second collection:
The overarching theme of “Please Don’t Forget Me” is compassion – whether it is towards unread books, a failing restaurant, the poor, the disenfranchised, fear of death, the dying, a political prisoner, or an abused animal. However, in the spirit of Allen Ginsberg and New Zealand poet James K. Baxter, indignation is often expressed towards both perpetrators and the indifferent alike. Included is a new play in verse, “What Really Counts,” an account of the consequences of violence towards women and minorities in the workplace. This collection is for anyone who enjoys metered, rhyming verse with a social conscience.