Dr. Shawn Holliday
November 18, 2002
Review the Monk
Poetry is an inquired taste. Most college students around the world today would rather work than read poetry just for the fact that a lot of it is hard to read and understand. I myself enjoy poetry and the hardships it hands out. Not everything can be as simple as ABC and 1 2 3. Poetry is not that simple but for me it's an escape. Good poetry is usually well thought out and hard to understand but poetry gives the reader the ability to interpret the poem in many different ways.
The poet David Graham, author of Stutter Monk, was born and raised in Johnstown New York and was the son of George A. Graham Jr., and Nora K. Graham. He had one brother and one sister. David was educated at Dartmouth College and also the University of Massachusetts.
As a poet he has served as the poetry editor of Blue Moon Review and has been a Poet Residence at the Robert Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. Other than the Stutter Monk collection, Dr. Graham's poems have appeared in four previous collections: Magic Shows, Common Waters, Second Wind, and Doggedness. David is more than just a poet though; he also teaches English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin.
For the most part I really enjoyed Stutter Monk. It was a great collection of poems with a lot of insight on life and living it to the fullest. These poems are very personal to Dr. Graham and they give you a lot of insight on his life and how it has all played out over the course of his lifetime. It allows you to see and come to know many of the obstacles he...