David Kennedy Polanco: Up and Coming Gifted Author

David Kennedy Polanco, who recently published the new collection of short stories Bellicose Boys was brought up in Boyle Heights (East-LA) California, wanted to become a writer since he was a child. David is Mexican-American with a pride in his Spanish heritage (a devotee of Octavio Paz), as well as his American Roots (his Grandfather was decorated numbers of times in World War II). As he has said, his ancestors were in California before it was a State. Growing up in the LA area, films were an important part of his experience, as were the characters he grew up with.

Early, David was the editor and co-founder of a Hollywood Fan magazine Remembrance which included interviews with many classic stars, including Gregory Peck and Katherine Hepburn. His favorite films include: The Letter and The Whales of August.

He is a gay man living in New York City since 1990, an animal advocate and avid football fan of (USC and Harvard) and enjoys reading classical literature and poetry. David started writing his first in 1985. Eventually this evolved into the Off Broadway play Fireworks! in which he introduced his unique character Harvard. Siouxsie and the Banshees has been an influence in his creativity.  This was later a screen play. He wrote, directed and acted in his second work A Playground Twist, which also appeared on Off Broadway, which is the story about the adolescent relationship between Harvard, the Gifted Gay adolescent/adult Mexican-American and his white love a high school football star who can never be open about his sexuality. Harvard of course is open and accepting courageous about himself. After they breakup, the football star dies in a foreign war.  It is a unique story which deals with, self-acceptance, athletes, and soldiers. His next work The Stranger Inside deals with the darker side of ourselves. His latest work is Bellicose Boys.

Writer/Poet: Edgar Allan Poe

I was walking in our neighborhood, in the Upper West Side in New York City, turned the corner from Broadway onto 84th Street and discovered an apartment building on the site of a house where The Writer and Poet Edgar Allan Poe lived when he wrote his classic gothic poem, The Raven.  For those Simpsons fans, the show had an episode from the episodes from around Halloween playing out the text of the raven, of course Bart is the raven.

Once upon a midnight dreary,while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door-

                Only this, and nothing more.”

The words Poe uses in this poem are so intelligent, along with his rhyming, this is a classic poem of mourning. Themes of death and mourning run through Poe’s work. In Poe’s story The Premature Burial, in which the fears of his day, the fear that one might fall ill, and be thought dead and be buried alive and wake up in the coffin and die for lack of oxygen. The band Siouxsie and the Banshees, on the 1979 album Join Hands had a song Premature Burial, which was written based on Poe’s Story. The story The Tell-Tale Heart is about a murderer who plans a murder and is haunted by the beat of the heart though the walls. The Author Lenore Terr, MD in her book Too Scared To Cry, suggests that Poe as a child was left alone in the house with his mother’s corpse after she died from tuberculosis, a horrid death, which she suggests led the groundwork for themes in Poe’s work.