It's a wonderful day to shine the spotlight on an individual I find highly talented. It is an honor for me to, on the Jimmy Broccoli page and website, share with you the poetry of Dan Flore III.
I first ran across Dan's poems fairly recently. Throughout Dan's work (I've learned) runs a "realness" that I value in poetry. His verse is often raw and always clever and well-written - it's excellent storytelling.
And - Dan is one of the poets featured in the upcoming anthology, "Encore".
Dan in his own words:
Dan Flore III’s poems have appeared in many publications. His fifth poetry book is Written in the dust on the ceiling fan, published by Dead Man’s Press Ink. His forthcoming chapbook is Hospital Issued Writing Notebook will be available from Querencia Press.
Here is a poem by Dan Flore III - and I'm certain you'll love it as much as I do! ______________ THE TOME OF THE UNKNOWN POET
I had a big book of haikus that I lost to homelessness which is a haiku in itself but it hurts too much to write it
I cried when Leonard Cohen died though I never knew him Thankfully, I know Bob Dylan will never die
I'll never get in The New Yorker I'm a poet in the dark smoking by your car and it looks to you like I might steal it
I have a pen name-Bic just kidding, it's not that stupid though it should be
frankly, I don't know what I'm doing on the page I'm an unlicensed driver I'm a hit and run
I don't know if poetry has been good to me but I have been good to it I write this in pen that looks like notes of music
I find poems better smeared across the page with the utmost clarity
I'd like to die in a poem
Photo: Dan Flore III