PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- A Peekskill resident is now a published poet.
Colin David, who serves on the Peekskill Board of Education, recently self-published A Blossoming of Soul: Poetry by Colin David, his collection of poems.
David had worked on his writing for several years and had always wanted his writing published.
"It's a niche market," David said. "People like reading poetry, but it's not as popular as science fiction. I had never thought of it as anything more than a hobby."
People's positive feedback regarding his poetry made David decide now was the time to publish his own work.
"I realized at some point it's now or never," David said. "Self publishing has become a lot more commonplace. It's a lot more accessible."
Davis said he is not a big poetry reader, but he is fascinated by the history of poetry and how it has been used as social commentary.
"Poetry is very subjective," David said. "People like what they read for a variety of reasons."
Poems in the collection are about intimacy, love and sexuality. Some of David's poems touch on issues of truth and race relations.
"They deal with the introspective part of life," David said. "My poems are not erotica, though my mom might say otherwise. I try to be poetic and see things from an artist's perspective, like admiring the beauty of women."
David's poems touch on relationship issues, like being in a relationship which is not as intense or physical as it once was.
"Where do we go from here?" David said.
The poems are all based on David's experiences, though not every poem is about him specifically.
"Some of them are about my experience walking down the street," David said. "One of my poems is about something I witnessed, my girlfriend reconnecting with her brother. I watched from the sidelines."
David said people in Peekskill have connected with different aspects of his poems.
"People can take away what they want," David said. "I hope there's something that resonates in some fashion or another."
To purchase David's book, visit http://www.amazon.com/Blossoming-Soul-Poetry-Colin-David/dp/1492127086/ref=pd_rhf_cr_p_tnr_1