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This month’s featured poet is: David Fraser

David Fraser is a Canadian Federation of Poets member and poetry advocate.
David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine, http://, since 1997. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in over 40 journals including Three Candles, Regina Weese, Ardent, Quills and Ygdrasil. He has published a collection of his poetry, Going to the Well (2004), a collection of short fiction, The Dark Side of the Billboard (2006  )and edited and published the print issues of Ascent Aspirations Magazine Anthology One (2005) , Anthology Two  Windfire (2006), and Anthology Three, AguaTerra (2007) and Borderlines (2007) due this fall. www.ascentaspirations .ca/aapublishing.htm


A second collection of poetry, Running Down the Wind will appear in 200. All publications can be obtained via Paypal or by email request.
David is currently the Federation of BC Writers Regional Director for The Islands Region. His latest passion is developing Nanaimo’s newest spoken word series, WordStorm,

David Fraser has a BA in English from University of Toronto, and an  MEd  in adult education from OISE. In Ontario he taught  English, Creative Writing Writer’s Craft among other subjects  at the secondary school level for 30 years. Currently he is a full time writer who also teaches skiing at Mt Washington in the winter.

Running Down the Wind, Vancouver Island poet, David Fra­ser’s second collection of poetry published by Ascent Aspirations Publishing is a a beautifully crafted book featuring poems written over the last two years of living on the island. The cover design by Patricia Carroll attractively welcomes the reader to venture into the lyrical world inside.


Running Down the Wind

David Fraser

In Running Down the Wind, David Fraser reflects on life as an observer of very personal events, of metaphys­ical interpretations of the landscape around him, and of the social and political directions of our voracious world. His poems engender raw emo­tion, express love and loss, delve into the author’s psyche and display the anguish and the joy that character­izes life.


Ascent Aspirations Poetry

David’s poetry invites us into an intimate dance with Nature and makes us question our “spaces more mechanically laid out.” Sitting round a campfire in Nootka Sound he sees the sun “spilling blue fragments upon the night”; hiking The Wild Pacific Trail he observes “the rainforest/snuggling up beside the foaming sea.” He bemoans his “fading words laid down/that never reach a perfect state”, and yet David is able to capture in a single image what many of us fail to notice in a lifetime! - Cindy Shantz


“David Fraser’s poetry embues vivid imagery and great depth of feeling. He has the ability to draw on inside experience so as to touch the very essence of life itself. The vocabulary is very evocative for me as a painter and at the same time allows me to use my own imagination at will. I love reading his poems.” - Philippa Haidu


“David Fraser looks up, looks around him, takes in his surroundings, and reports on nature as a vital restorative element in our lives.” - David Chorlton

$16.95 CDN

$14.95 US

ISBN 978- 0-9736568-2-4

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