The Outdoor Poet: David Allen Sullivan

Morris Creek Run

Nature erased me again this morning
in the puree black eyes of a loping coyote
who scampered to scare up a mess of
crows then turned on me and a raft of
cows just cresting a dew-steamed meadow
only to drop us like so much tainted
meat, and I’m grateful for being so
unnecessary to this world I love.

About The Poet:David Allen Sullivan’s first book, Strong-Armed Angels, was published by Hummingbird Press, and three of its poems were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Every Seed of the Pomegranate, a multi-voiced manuscript about the war in Iraq, was published by Tebot Bach. A book of translation from the Arabic of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet, was published in 2013, and Black Ice, about his father’s dementia and death, is forthcoming from Turning Point. He teaches at Cabrillo College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students, and lives in Santa Cruz with his love, the historian Cherie Barkey, and their two children, Jules and Mina Barivan. He was awarded a Fulbright, and taught in China for one year ( His poems and books can be found at