David Hathwell Reads Poetry from Muses

David Hathwell’s debut collection, “Muses,” appeared in 2016. A second collection, “Between Dog and Wolf,” has now been released in fall 2017, also from David Robert Books. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines, national and international. A former English teacher, he has degrees in English from Stanford University and Columbia University, as well as a degree in music theory from Queens College of CUNY. He has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and sung bass in the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. (“My musical training, as much as any other influence, has shaped the character of my poetry.”) He lives in San Francisco with Stephen Goldston, his partner of forty-one years and husband of eight.

David Hathwell Poetry Readings
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David Hathwell reads "Fred's Girl" from his poetry collection "Muses" (minimal commentary) (4:33)

David Hathwell reads "Fred's Girl" from his poetry collection "Muses" (with Commentary) (20:13)

On the left, David reads, with minimal commentary, his poem inspired by Fred Astaire’s dance partners from his debut collection, “Muses.” In the next video, with commentary, David’s reading begins with the great half-minute close of the Astaire-Rogers “Cheek to Cheek” from “Top Hat.” David inaugurates the reading event, before turning to the poem. “Fred’s Girl” is the first of the four poems read in this series.

David Hathwell reads "Voices" from his poetry collection "Muses" (minimal commentary) (1:24)

David Hathwell reads "Voices" from his poetry collection "Muses" (with Commentary) (9:34)

On the left, David reads, with minimal commentary, his poem “Voices” from his debut collection, “Muses.” In the next video, with commentary, David introduces “Voices” as one of a group of “memory” poems about family. The poem commemorates his relationship with his mother. “Voices” is the second of the four poems read in this series.

David Hathwell reads "Victory" from his poetry collection "Muses" (minimal commentary) (1:36)

David Hathwell reads "Victory" from his poetry collection "Muses" (with Commentary) (6:53)

On the left, David reads, with minimal commentary, his poem “Victory” from his debut collection, “Muses.” In the next video, with commentary, David introduces “Victory” as another “memory” poem about family in the collection. About his father, “Victory” is a companion to “Voices” (see above), a poem commemorating David’s relationship with his mother. “Victory” is the third of the four poems in this series.

David Hathwell reads “This Week’s China” from his poetry collection “Muses” (minimal commentary) (3:28)

David Hathwell reads “This Week’s China” from his poetry collection “Muses” (with commentary) (12:15)

On the left, David reads, with minimal commentary, his poem “This Week’s China” from his debut collection, “Muses.” In the next video, with commentary, David introduces “This Week’s China” as the third—and final—“memory” poem about family in this series. (In the poem, the title appears as “This week’s china!”—refers to broken dishes.) “This Week’s China” is the last of the four poems in this series.

 

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Poetry Collections Categories Include... American, Classical, Contemporary, Death, Grieving, Humorous, Inspirational, National, Nature, Political, Religious and Romantic. Just for fun, you can also learn more about the fabulous Fred Astaire, the inspiration for David Hathwell's poem "Fred's Girl", and buy one of his special movies on DVD or Blu-ray. Also available are movies and books featuring Ginger Rogers and Rita Hayworth, both mentioned by David in the commentary video as two of Fred Astaire's dancing partners. More star media from the good old days include Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Marlon Brando.

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