For a space between
Not drowning, waving
And not dying wondering
— 'Poetry Publication'
The sky has regained its depth
but lost its equanimity
— from 'Towards Evening'
Everyone can see you weren't exaggerating
Everyone agrees your son's a star
— from 'Leopold', shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize
“Reading Magic Logic is to listen to a musical mind at work. It is a journey of cadences, the everyday and the metaphysical, smaller soundscapes as valued as larger ones.” — Patricia Sykes
“Moments of unique Mortimerian contemplation (e.g. 'Rainbow in Black'). Poems that demand to be read aloud, such is the command of rhythm, rhyme and phrase.” — Graham Catt
” 'Train to Noarlunga' is an impressive piece of work… The last line is stunning and just the right extraordinary note of good poetry in its hyperbole, surprise and denouement.” — Jeff Guess, Judge's Comments, Poetry Unhinged
“I like this poem, and I don't like poetry.” — Kristin Weidenbach, of 'Cold Wet Frozen' in Dear Dad: Poems by Australians about Fathers
David Mortimer was born and lives in Adelaide. He is a poet, thinker, letter-writer, suburban activist, train-traveller and records-management worker.