Poetry, Essays & Blogs
Along with his music writing, Dave Holt is a Bay Area poet of note; his book "Voyages to Ancestral Islands: poetry & prose" (available on Amazon) is an acclaimed memoir, a discovery of his native American Ojibway ancestry from his Canadian roots. He often performs accompanied by his drum and Chappell on guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, and vocals. The track "O Greatgrandfather" is an example of combining his native heritage with contemporary songwriting.
Link to Dave's Interfaith Spirituality in Oakland on Examiner.com
“An imaginative link between poems and prose of a Canadian boyhood followed by Holt’s later life as a lyricist; rich imagery of land and lore, spiraling toward his discovery of his mixed white and Ojibway ancestry.”
—Elaine Starkman, author of Learning to Sit in the Silence; A Journal of Caretaking, coeditor of Here I Am. Winner of 1999 Pen Oakland Award
“This is a man with much to say, who carries important teachings, and whose heart beats a compassionate rhythm.”
—Rick McBride, Tsalagi - Cherokee, Medicine Wheel, ceremony & Lifeways teacher, website editor at www.mxblood.com
“Voyages to Ancestral Islands is a journal of a journey exploring memories and impressions of a searching life. The search is over and the poet moves now to fertile fields, awaiting untold stories filled with new memory.”
—Tom Ekkens, Pacifica poet, photographer and artist
Link to Dave on Amazon.com
Chappell & Dave Holt's Music History Blog
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