David Dunn’s Wild Life Fund, A Book Review

Space Place Time: Poems by David Dunn

I recently received to buy the book of poetry, SPACE PLACE TIME to support David Dunn’s Wild Life Fund? What is this Fund? He explains its purpose best. Its sole aim is to finance the wilder aspects of his existence for as long as possible. 

Knowing the author as I do, the honesty of his appeal for a contribution to his art and fund struck a chord with me.

So, buy a copy of the book SPACE PLACE TIME. It is available on Amazon.

Since I know you will all wish to know more about this witty poet, my strategy for this plug is direct plagiarism.


Space Place Time  by David Dunn Cover

The book is a delightful potpourri of poems on a range of topics from the silly to the serious. Dunn loves words in all their richness; for their multiplicity of meanings, for the sounds they make in the mouth, for the messages they send, and much more.

His verses are easy to read yet linger in the mind. Just what what wants in poetry.

Many of you are probably thinking that you don’t care for poetry. If so, this book is perfect.  

In a reference to the anthology’s geographical range, one critic described it as ‘all over the place’. Another hailed its revolutionary content, referring to the author and the work as ‘revolting’.  

Comments from other reviewers include: ‘a perfect subject for lockdown’ and ‘verse you should lose no time in reading’, while a vet said that, despite the pain, this was something he couldn’t put down.  

Proving just how suited this anthology is to all seasons, one journalist admired the ease of writing which ‘betrays a summer’s afternoon’s research in an English country garden, sipping champagne while skimming glossy magazines.’ For later in the year, she wrote: ‘seated by an open fire, its pages could warm a winter’s evening.’ 

So if you are looking for a present for someone you wish to reconcile with or you want greater affirmation and security in your own life – ‘upon reading these poems, you will sleep more soundly’ – please click the link below. 

Support David Dunn’s Wild Life Fund! Buy Space Place Time

A Critical Review of the book SPACE PLACE TIME OR….

What’s It Really About?

Always lyrical, the poetic styles in this anthology range from free verse through comedic, rhyme, sonnet, metaphysical, haiku, and even the form of a personal dating ad. Its author is indebted to Rilke, Chesterton, Donne, Shakespeare and one of his childhood idols, the Danish-American pianist and comedian Victor Borge.  


The title of the book comes from the poem ‘Space’, offering a panorama of a couple’s long-term relationship. Fascinated by chronology, this collection explores the human condition from the ages of one to one hundred years old, through courtship to parenthood and its legacy. Read in their entirety, the poems exhibit an uplifting sense of what life throws up (from a great fatal accident to the minutiae of effervescing champagne bubbles), and the significance of how we behave, what we think, and how we speak and move, by observing individuals at various stages of life. 


There are many voices here. As ‘A Woman Reading Poetry’ asks: ‘Who is it calling to me? The wise man of politics? The lad with his tricks?’ Although the poet limits his own suffering to difficulties with his eyesight in ‘Watch The Wall, My Darling, while The Gentleman Goes Blind’, he reflects intently on the predicament of others, often giving them their own voice, such as to a Frenchman bemused by the property-seeking English invasion of his native land. 

The anthology begins optimistically. Hope, expectation, and a sense of discovery frame each of the first five poems. Several broad panoramic sweeps of life follow. Women as mothers comprise the third section, which concludes with an uplifting ode to friendship. 

The quartet of poems entitled ‘Fortuna’ is an unconventional account of a relationship between peers from different spheres. It describes an embodied US Democratic Party reflecting on its interconnection with Fortuna (Lady Luck) throughout the latter half of the 20th century.  


The poems about England are full of humour and irony. A lack of gun control in the USA, and wars (international and civil) are the topics that follow. Soon however the tone lightens, with lyrical suggestions on how to make personal relationships work better.  

A handful of film reviews in haiku form precedes Shakespeare’s plays for a modern audience. Each of the Bard’s four great tragedies is recast as a sport. 

The penultimate section is philosophical and largely humorous. It consists of short poems: the ones about animals are suitable for reading to or by young children. 

I take no credit for this tryst through the pages of the SPACE PLACE TIME. Nonetheless, after this delightful review of its contents, I hope you will join me in purchasing a copy. If SPACE PLACE TIME is as entertaining as its book review promises, David Dunn’s Wild Life Fund deserves an infusion.

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