There’s a serious lack of ongoing systemic articulation about world peace at most levels of modern society. There’s also a super-empowered economic system agenda network that can use or create countless prefabricated war-starter kit scenarios to over-influence, and ignite mass public opinion in the direction of organized violence. Picking up an ink pen to help build a more positive, harmonious, future through dialogue expansion amidst glacier-melt death-toll debauchery—called progress by some who stockpile profits—is what working for peace means to me.
~David Scott Pointer
David Scott Pointer is a long time social justice/political poet. His father, a piano playing bank robber, died when David was just 3 years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, who determined that the best way to keep her young charge from emulating his “scoundrel” father was to socialize him to be a good soldier. David’s earliest memories are of training for battle in his backyard in Kansas City, Missouri. “I would practice war, and grandma would call me inside to a little tea party, then I would update her about my progress with the enemy.”
After high school, David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a military policeman in Okinawa, at Camp Pendleton, and Camp Butler. His time there transformed his thinking about military power. He met soldiers who had joined primarily for the opportunity to use deadly force, but he also met soldiers with different perspectives. One of his roommates was a North American Indian who told stories about the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota that shed a new light on the cowboy and Indian stories of David’s childhood. While stationed at Camp Butler, David read General Smedley Butler’s, “War is a Racket” which increased his awareness of the social coercion that had led him to the military.
After serving, David enrolled in the local college where he earned his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. David went on to earn his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Missouri, and then acquired a diploma in surgical technology. Before finishing graduate school, David enrolled in a creative writing course, and started writing for publication.
David’s 2005 poem, “Poverty Grants the Exclusive,” was cited by Midwest Book Reviewer, Laurel Johnson, as one of the best poems that she had ever read. In 2009, David was declared a winning writer in “Empty Shoes: Poems on Hunger and Homelessness” anthology. Recently, a short story was accepted for “Battlespace” anthology, a fund raiser for wounded veterans participating in the Warrior Cry Music Project which helps with healing through music as well as providing musical instruments and lessons.
David’s previous poetry collections include “Sign Language,” “Wheelchair Dancer,” “Ice Age,” “Camelot Kid’s Triggertopia,” Warhammer Piano Bar,” and others. Recent anthologies include “Science Gone Mad,” “The Poetry of War and Peace,” “Mass Dissidence,” and others.
David S. Pointer currently teaches with the Regents Online Degree Program with Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN. His previous volunteer work includes teaching English to refugees, and serving as a creative writing mentor to Native American youth. David is honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve with such distinguished company as an adviser for this worthwhile endeavor, Writing for Peace.
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