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About the Poet: David Calderisi

DAVID CALDERISI is an actor and director with a long career in theatre, film, television and radio. Over a career that has spanned six decades, feature film credits include, "Power Play", with Peter O'Toole and Donald Pleasance; "High Point", with Richard Harris and Christopher Plummer; and "Brown Bread Sandwiches", starring Giancarlo Giannini. He played featured roles in such television series as “The Saint”, “Dr. Who”, “The New Avengers”, “The Littlest Hobo”, "Night Heat", "Top Cops", “Forever Knight”, "Secret Service", "Street Legal", “La Femme Nikita”, “Traders”, “Fast Track”, “Earth: Final Conflict”, “The Associates” (in which he was a regular), and others. He is heard regularly as actor and poetry reader on CBC radio.

He has taught at the National Theatre School, York University and Sheridan, Humber and George Brown Colleges.

Cobourg residents may remember his appearances at Poetry Workshop events for recitations of classic works, and a collection of his own pieces under the title Syllabaludes, as well as his introduction to and performance of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

He lives in Toronto with his wife Marsha, and their adopted Plott Hound named Hank.

  • The title is taken from the Greek word ekphrasis which means a poem that is inspired by another work of art. A prime example would be John Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn.
The Painting:
Paradox of Autumn  2020
Watercolour on Arches paper 14” x 10”
Lynne Deragon
Instagram:  @lynnederagon
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