I’m from the country of Georgia, also from the United States, but to be more honest I am from Edgar Allan Poe’s, Walt Whitman’s, Richard Bach’s, Khalil Jibran’s, and William Blake’s and Rustveli’s untold stories, I am from Jimi Hendrix unplayed solos, I am from Pirosmani’s and Vermeer’s unpainted canvases, I am from Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt architecture. I consider myself a citizen of the world, as a citizen of the world’s progressive future.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
The smile of my wife, the laugh of my children and America, because only America has New York City.
What turns you on creatively?
Every new second, every new breath, every new heartbeat. Every day I thank God for my idealistic endurance, as I am equally inspired by a good and bad event. I perceive the meaning of things only if I thoroughly study them and this research inspires me.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
სიახ LOVE. This is the neologism and I’ve created a morphology of it, a writing form of this word. This is the combination of Georgian and English languages, Georgian and English words. It’s not easy to explain the whole meaning of it but in general, it means nearness, propinquity, proximity, and sounds like Syakhlove, but if we take a good look – there is a word Love – that’s my message because I believe Love is Freedom and Freedom is Poetry itself. And for me this one, yes, this only one word is a spirit of universal poetry. This is the bridge between two worlds and my message from here to eternity.
What is your pet peeve?
The articles a and the are my pet peeve and sometimes all the times’ meanings and forms in the English language. I know it’s only Rock’n’Roll and so what… we like it.
What defines David Dephy?
I think the creative power of poetry, of storytelling itself.
And… Therefore I think that the world has got a chance to become better because if it is terrible, it is due to the fact that we, people do not betray one another, but we do betray ourselves and our vocation. We betray our ideals and very often we are very well aware of it. I am not a critic or a linguist. I am a poet, a writer and I realize that much is demanded from me, but not much is forgiven to me… That take Love or take poetry, they are such enormous concepts, that they can’t be only my personal matter… That if I realize by what means I want to be special, then I’ll understand who and what I am in reality… That every word is alive and that we are alive too as long as we understand one another, as long as we believe in one another and also that if in our inner world and in this multi-language dictionary of the mankind survive the following words such as Poetry, Love, Freedom and Responsibility, then the world will also survive.
For me, this is the mission of literature and of mine as a poet’s and novelist’s justification for existence.
If there is anything universal what we have in common it is the concept of Freedom. And Poetry is the Freedom. This is the connection of people’s hearts, around the planet Earth and beyond.
David Dephy - The trilingual Georgian/American award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, performer, multimedia artist. The winner of the 2019 Spillwords Press Poetry Award for June’s Publication of the Month and the finalist of the Adelaide Literary Award Anthology 2019 for the category of Best Poem. The winner of the Finalist Award in the 2020 Best Book Award National Contest by American Book Fest. An active participant in the American and international poetry and artistic scenes, such as PEN World Voices, 92Y Poetry Center, Voices of Poetry, Long Island Poetry Listings, New York Public Library, Starr Bar Poetry Series, Poets in Nassau, Poets in Massachusetts, Columbia University – School of the Arts in the City of New York, Great Weather for Media in New York City, New York City Voices, Bowery Poetry Club which named him a Literature Luminary as well as the Statorec Magazine named him the Incomparable Poet. His works have been published and anthologized in USA and all over the world by the many literary magazines, journals and publishing houses. His first full-length book of poetry in English, Eastern Star, has been published by Adelaide Books New York in USA in 2020. The full-length book of poetry Lilac Shadow of a Tree and A novel A Mystiere are forthcoming in USA in Spring/Fall 2021 from Mad Hat Press. He lives and works in New York City.