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General Information

Name:  David M Breedem  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1958 in Granite City, IL

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Granite City, Illinois and grew up on my family farm near Broughton, Illinois. I attended Southern Illinois University. My novels are based in Southern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The Reverend Doctor David Breeden has an MFA from The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, a Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study at Breadloaf and in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. His poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review, Nebo, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review,, North Atlantic Review, Boston Literary Review, Turnstile, Nidus, and Paragraph. He has published four novels and ten books of poetry. He is on the editorial board of Virtual Artist’s Collective, a Chicago publisher. His book This Is Just To Say: Variations on a Theme of William Carlos Williams has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Award in Religion and The Arts from the American Academy of Religion. Breeden is a Unitarian Universalist minister.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1596610514

March Street Pr. 2006

David Breeden says he writes “when no one is looking,” and no one has such sharp eyes. Searching for “Wittgenstein,” he finds enough, “Enough to say / there’s nothing here but a brisk wandering.” But what wandering. A black butterfly drawn to death in white paint becomes a moment “To turn away / Or stop the suffering,” and what happens in the moment “stains the paint / It stains the paper / It stains the day.” Anything but black and white, these poems are a brisk wandering attentive to the music “of language as we use it.” Unwilling to settle into comfortable assent, they do not turn away. “That old freak Emily / Dickinson had it right…,” and Breeden has been paying attention. “We all glow / For awhile,” but these poems burn. They leave a mark. And their fire sheds considerable light on “Enough and everything else.” Read them for the light. Read them for the music. Read them.—Steven Schroeder, Virtual Artists Collective

This Is Just to Say: Meditations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams
ISBN: 0981989802

Virtual Artists Collective. 2009

This collection is a series of meditations based on a short poem by William Carlos Williams. Beginning with the trope of sin and redemption implicit in the Williams lyric, these poems examine the nature of action, myth, and language. What does the Garden of Eden have to do with an icebox? How similar are deities and spouses? Can stealing plums lead to ultimate knowledge? This is just to say that saying isn't just. . .

Another Number: A Novel of the '70s
ISBN: 0965704416

Silver Phoenix Pr. 1998

Book by Breeden, David

ISBN: 1931055297

Superiorbooks.Com Inc. 2001

The Texas border, 1955. Two bloody wars have left veterans scarred. There is, however, a glimmer of hope: The GI Bill.

In Artistas, Bobby, a veteran of the Second World War and Korea, plans to open an art school for a small band of vets in the tiny town of Postigo. Some are artists, some only drunks, but art glimmers a moment in the desert before violence intrudes.

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