David Ingram Born in North Devon. My mother read her favourite poets to my twin sister and I, while awaiting our birth. She was greatly fond of Dylan Thomas, Archie McLeish and Wallace Stevens, all of whom I carry around in my memory bank.
I was a very junior navigator on the U.S run to Oz and NZ, in the early '50's. We navigating apprentices had a 'British Apprentices Club' all to ourselves, on the third floor of the Chelsea Hotel in NY, where lived Alan Ginsberg and other prominent poets and artists. Years later I discovered that Dylan Thomas was dying there during one of my visits. (Alan Curnow hung out in NY with Dylan Thomas in the years just before DT's death).
Taxed in NZ since '57, first at sea, on Coasters, then in the Book Trade for 32 years. The bookshop I started (as David's Bookshop, now 'Wild Swans') will have its 40th b'day this year. Back to harbour sea-faring, running a sailing school '93 to '04, Writing poems since '02; have taken part in Poetry Live, irregularly, since then.