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David B. Lentz

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Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, David B. Lentz graduated from Bates College. He is a member of the Center for Fiction in New York, the Royal Society of Literature in London, the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, and the Yale Writers' Conference. He has published seven novels: "The Fine Art of Grace", "For the Beauty of the Earth", "AmericA, Inc.", "Bloomsday", "Bourbon Street", "The Day Trader" and "The Silver King." He has written two stage plays, "Bloomsday: A Tragicomedy" and "AmericA, Inc." Lentz published three volumes of poetry in "Old Greenwich Odes", "Sonnets from New England: Love Songs" and "Sonnets on the Common Man" in the latter two of which he introduce ...more

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New York City is where specks of dust aspire randomly with all their cunning to become grains of sand.

On this hot morning before the summer solstice I ride the A Train heading downtown.

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“Maybe, life is a kind of waking dream.
Maybe, it's a double-dream with a false awakening.
Maybe, the dream only becomes lucid and truly luminous given the fuller perspective of life after one's own wake.
Maybe, the pictures never stop.
Doesn't the existence of dreams and higher consciousness during the years of blackouts of a lifetime, whether longer or shorter, give us a valid premise to hope that another highly spiritual state may await our passing?”
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message 1: by David (last edited Nov 04, 2011 07:15AM)

David Lentz Dear Goodfriends,
Our "Goodreads Top 100 Stage Plays of All Time List" is now posted on Listopia for your voting:
Thanks very much to the many Goodreaders who recommended stage plays for this wonderful list.
Please vote for your favorite stage plays and playwrights.

message 2: by David (last edited Mar 10, 2014 12:58PM)

David Lentz Thoughtful note from US Senator, Chris Murphy, from Connecticut after spending a day-off with a homeless man in New Haven and reading "Being and Homelessness" by John H. Sibley of Chicago. John and I collaborated on this book together. Here's the letter from Chris Murphy: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wordsw...

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