"Dave Awl has a decidedly wicked, silly,
surreal sensibility, fracturing linguistic and social assumptions...his approach lies somewhere between the Marx Brothers, conceptualism, and high art."
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What the Sea Means:
Publisher: Hope and Nonthings Publishing
Buy it from Amazon.com (where you can also peruse a number of cheery reader reviews).
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Journalist and poet Gregg Shapiro interviewed Dave about the book in September of 2002. Read the interview here.
Some excerpts from the book (three poems and one prose piece) have been published in the poetry and fiction section of Thoughtcat.com.
About the Book (from the back cover):
THE FIRST BOOK COLLECTION of work by writer, performer and "surrealist insomniac mystic" Dave Awl takes us on a tour of erotic, metaphysical and deeply strange obsessions from the nightclubs, diners and laundromats of Chicago and San Francisco to the ancient stone circles of Britain and Ireland. The poems, monologues and stories in What the Sea Means find him discussing xenophobia and millennial anxiety with Cookie Monster; penning elegies and odes to Carl Jung, Zeppo Marx, Laughing Sal and the Buddha; falling in love with a stranger's cologne on a trip to San Francisco; getting crank calls from The Sea after midnight; wandering the city streets at night, scribbling in a notebook; and explicating the animal nature of macaroons, x-rays and isosceles triangles.
What the Sea Means gathers a decade and a half of Dave Awl's writing. Its contents include a chapbook of new poems; a collection of stories and monologues from The Pansy Kings' Cotillion, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Talking to Myself and other shows; the 1997 online chapbook Night Diaries; and a selection of early poems going back to the late 80s.
DAVE AWL is the founder of The Pansy Kings performance group and a ten-year veteran of The Neo-Futurists' fringe theater smash Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. His writing and distinctive voice have been featured on the NPR programs Anthem and This American Life. He lives in Chicago with his cat and comic foil Dragon Lady. His Web site, Ocelot Factory, is at www.ocelotfactory.com.