December 2008
Poetry eBook Review – Where the Fenceline Runs by Dave Barber

Posted: 28 Dec 2008 11:27 AM CST

Not normally a reader of poetry, I was pleasantly surprised when I read David Barber’s latest eBook. The book is titled Where the Fenceline Runs, and includes a good number of poems by my now favorite poet.

The simple reality is that good poetry is rare. Sure you can find lots of decent poems related to love, loss, etc, but poetry related to all topics in life (that actually makes you stop and think) is hard to find.

In the eBook Where the Fenceline runs, good poetry is exactly what you’ll find. Dave doesn’t follow one style, or cover one topic, rather this collection of poems deals with many aspects of life, and almost all of them will move you and/or make you think. Poems like For some reason, Horizons, Kingdoms, and Keepers truly convey feeling, and they really make you stop and consider.

For anyone who enjoys a good poem, I am highly recommending this eBook. The book contains close to 100 poems, and at $6.39 for the Kindle book, it is a great investment in excellent reading material. The book is also available in paperback, and I have included links to both at the bottom of this review.

An Excerpt from Where the Fenceline Runs:

How Many Surfaces?

Now the drop has become one,

World’s larger –

Reflecting the surface only

A greater freedom in the new

Union or just the same.

Reflections are backwards

My face in the drop Is upside down

Distorted and stretched

Into a new place

Self sees the day

Ended in evaporation

Surface is gone – for now

Dried into the next time

I’m wondering about the next time.

Quicklinks –
Get David Barbers eBook in Kindle Format: Where The Fenceline Runs (Kindle Format – Will also work on MobiPocket software)

also available in paperback: Where The Fenceline Runs (Paperback)

Check out David Barber’s Fine Poetry Blog (


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Hang on to your hats. It appears the way of the desktop PC is going the way of 5.25 floppy drives and tape backups. The latest from eWeek is that new OS is headed toward hand-held, phone size mobile systems with voice preferred options. Everything will be Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and new program such as Adobe AIR will be used. Goodbye Microsoft. Now strange in the wake of these changes, MS is marketing new T-shirts that say “I love DOS.” This seems really strange to me. What happened to Vista? Dare I say? It’s dead. Memory for systems is dropping in price. It won’t be long that we’ll buy Terabyte memory for $99.00. The palm computer/phone/browser… isn’t far from replacing what we’ve known for a long time.

Kinda sad to see this go this way. I’m feeling the same way when my tape-drives weren’t needed to upload files with  Ohio osi-c4pScientific Computer (became Commodore Computers!) and the first hard drives were table-top size! It was fun to program the computer by moving wires. (Am I showing my age with computer systems yet?) I subscribed to the top-of-the-line magazine called the Aardvark. It contained the neatest and greatest. Everything was basic (at the time) and I remember the excitement of buying two chips and having a searing 4K of memory! Then, I bought a trip 5 (555 timer chip) and I could actually have beep sounds when I ran my programs.

Well, I can’t wait to see what else can happen. I’m looking forward to my own Personal Access Device (PAD) like on Star Trek Next Generation!


nature greets us the same way,
those barren branches
some call ugly
because they’re empty
just a sleeping skeleton
waiting to wake
like some halloween trick,
a joke to some,

their veins waiting,
a new stain turned over
and over in the frozen

Up in the air,
the crystal blue
has yellows, pink and purples
finishing the days
testing our pallets
as if to say
take that! Draw that!

It’s simple, feathery detail
a nouny sense of life at rest
in the foreground,
sepia stems swaying
in the background
black stones.

It adds up to life fabric
taking rest.

It’s a dead time-
July 1978,
I’m sitting, drinking
remember Mogan David Wine?
Yeah, I drank it
thinking 19 was the end-
last chance to play-
and with whom?

I was alone all day
like the dorm halls-
mountains stared at me.
across sepia hills.

If loneliness had a name
I knew it then.

It was drinking
to an empty birthday.


In the hallow of trees
I’m cold and leafless,
a bare skeleton
wind stripped,

A simple melody plays on me
a sudden snow covering
and I’m sleeping-

in a minor key,
down and down
roots resting
against magenta sky

until the stars break silence
cutting the night,
streaming the night with coarse light.



Ah, that time of year when we go to parties, meet with friends and family. It’s a great time! Please remember to be careful with your celebrations. If you plan on having adult beverages, please plan on using a designated driver. If you’re hosting a party, please think about helping your guests travel back home safely. You might even have a guest room for them to chill until they can drive home. Here’s wishing you a wonderful New Years and see you in

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