Eroica, 2022 I love how the bows mow over their catgut strings, how each time they pierce the air in unison the moaning becomes a cry filling the hall, a draw and thrust based on trust in the measures and the nervous dance, the sudden stabs the conductor makes; and I’m enthralled by the orange-brown glow of rosewood, surprised by the throaty roar of an ocean of strings as they rally against the heartbreaking breakdowns, the upending ups and downs of the hard-pressed folk of Beethoven’s time; and how fast we leap to applaud this music, which is now more than two centuries old! After an intermission for a pinot noir, a seltzer, or over-priced beer, we’re back in the concert hall, bravoing our conductor, who tells us the orchestra just signed a union contract after a lock-out lasting six months! Then Eroica resumes as three golden horns proclaim a chorus of Down with All Kings!
Of Summer Words: New and Selected Poems (Broadstone Books), William Heath said: “David Salner is the Poet Laureate of working people.” His debut novel, A Place to Hide, won first place for historical fiction from Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He’s worked as iron ore miner, steelworker, machinist, librarian, baseball usher, and in many other trades and lives in Millsboro DE with his wife, Barbara Greenway. His writing also appears in Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and Iowa Review.