LeFeuDuCiel

Quick anthology edited & published by David Omer Bearden, 1965, 45 pg.

Contributing writers and artists by:

  • Martin Abramson
  • David Omer Bearden
  • Robert Branaman
  • Alden Van Buskirk
  • Martin Edward Cochran
  • Pierre Emmanuel
  • Vincent Gugliuzza
  • J.H.
  • Thomas Jackrell
  • Lesley
  • Gerard Malanga
  • David Moe
  • Dennis Morgan
  • Lisa Morgan
  • Lauren Owen
  • Ron Padgett
  • Claude Pelieu
  • Ezra Pound
  • Roxie Powell
  • Alan Russo
  • J. Richard White
  • Varius Oreh Wilson

Audio* Download

* Please use headphones to get a good listen.
Audio was recorded in 1976 of David talking about the LeFeuDuCiel book.
Tape captures David Bearden, Judith Bearden, James Bearden,
and Steve Lieper.

Smoking Mirror

Edited by David Omer Bearden, December 1974

Contributing writers by:

  • Charles Plymell
  • J. Richard White
  • Alan Russo
  • David Moe

So Long At The Fair & Down At The
Palomino Club & Other Poems

Rosace Publications, 1976, 12 pg.

Review by: Charles Plymell

A Good Subscription
So Long At The Fair & Down At The Palomino Club & Other Poems is a new chapbook from David Omer Bearden. This is a very exciting book from a poet who has been there and back again. Bearden was last seen in S.F. in a metaphysical comic strip with Neal Cassady. He burned as fast as Neal and has written these new poems from the afterburner of reality. The title poem is a very unusual experimental poem that is a burst of poetic fireworks. David Bearden covers a lot of sky between this poem and his lyrics for Judy Sill.”

The Rosace In A Star Chamber

Rosace Publications, 1981, 28 pg.

Review from Canada: by Crad Kilodney

The Bizarre Pay-Off of Flickering Interest
“The contents of Rosace In A Star Chamber seemed frequently obscure, & the many unfamiliar words annoyed me, but I felt flickers of interest as well. There were a couple of poems too long to quote here that I liked quite well. But I will quote the shortest poem in the book:”

A Lover's Plea
Just help me live undeceived
where the flying one
eternally dominates the crone,
or kiss my ass beneath a tree,
for I am sick of love.

Redress

Rosace Publications, 1983, 36 pg.

Review from Canada: by Crad Kilodney

The Bizarre Pay-Off of Flickering Interest
“My interest increased as I read through Redress. Some of the poems were remarkably good. In “The Desk Is a Frozen Sea...” the poet's task is represented by a dream in which he shits on a frozen sea. Here's part of it”

So straining & hurt at that pole
he makes one tortured turd which tears &; hangs
bleeding into the blank snow
It lives! It is strung with throbbing black veins!

“It's often hard to follow Bearden into his own personal world, & in this collection as well, odd words are an annoyance. But this poet isn't afraid to take chances. He writes with conviction, and has a keen sense of detail.”

The Mental Traveler

A Rosace Book, Unpublished, Roundup into manuscript completed January 20, 1990

This book is named after a poem by William Blake*,
& compiled in part from these chapbooks by
David Omer Bearden:

  • So Long At The Fair & Down At The Palomino Club & Other Poems. Larkspur, 1976
  • The Rosace In A Star Chamber. Sonoma, 1981
  • Redress. (A Solace Codex). Seattle, 1983

Some of these poems (many in earlier versions) appeared in these journals:

Burning Bush, “C”, Changes, Cold Spring Journal, The Columbia Review, The Columbia Spectator, Fux, The Irregular Quarterly, LeFeuDuCiel, Love Lights, Mondo Hunkamooga, Nadada, Nimrod, Now, Now Now, Our Conscious Love, Out of Sight, San Fernando Poetry Review, Telephone, Underground Telegram, The Villager, The White Dove Review

* Appendix D

Table of Contents:

01. PROEM: A BABY FABLE
02. THE FROWNING BABE
03. WHOM?
04. HOUR OF NONES
05. VOICE
06. PSALM
07. ON THE PALE CRIMINAL
08. MARKS OF THE BEAST
09. THE BLACK HOTEL
10. FOR MY BABY BROTHER
11. A CENTERPIECE
12. THE DESK IS A FROZEN SEA
13. SHAME
14. SHINING MIRROR
15. ZARZUELA
16. OUTSKIRTS
17. HISTORY OF FISHES
18. FIRE
19. KADILLAC KANDEE
20. THE VISIT
21. TOURING
22. SONNET
23. LIFT UP ON THE SILL
24. BEYOND THE SILL OF HOLLY
25. DAVID DELIVERED
26. MY LAST DUCHESS
27. THE ROSE
28. A LOVER'S PLEA
29. A HAWK IN HYPERSPACE
30. HERS
31. NAMOR
32. A JOVIAN TRAVELER
33. CLEANING UP TOMBSTONE
34. SUBMARINER
35. SO LONG AT THE FAIR
36. IN A STAR CHAMBER
37. FORTE PIANO
38. POOR BASTARDS
39. NORTHERN LIGHTS ON SEATTLE
40. SHEERNESS
41. SNOW'S CHOWDER
42. HIS
43. SOMBER SYSTEM
44. BLOOD MERIDIAN
45. BOUQUET OF BONE
46. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
47. THE SAUCERS ARE LATE
48. LA LLORONA
49. AMAZING GRACE
50. NORTHSTAR
51. SEE THE ELEPHANT
52. THE WIDENING HOME
53. REDRESS
54. CODA

The Thing In Packy Innard's Place

Unpublished, manuscript completed 2007

“The Thing In Packy Innard's Place was the last mature achievement that David lived to complete.

He had language crackling through his cortex, and shimmering from his fingertips like a St. Elmo's fire of the soul. He occupied Poet. By the time he wrote The Thing in Packy Innard's Place, his poems had become transmogrified into paragraphs, but his paragraphs can hardly be regarded as prose. Meter there was truly his march to a different drummer.”

- Dion Wright