Dave Brinks

notes on The Caveat Onus

As far as The Poem, and everything else that there is to know, there is no ars poetica; there is only You.


Born in 1967 and raised in New Orleans, Brinks lives in the French Quarter with his wife Megan Burns, also a poet, and their two children. He is the editor of YAWP: a Journal of Poetry & Art, publisher of Trembling Pillow Press, coordinator of 17 Poets! Reading Series and founder of The New Orleans School for the Imagination. Since 1996 he has locally produced and directed workshops, readings, performances and festivals celebrating the works of poets, painters, and musicians all over the New Orleans community. Brinks’ own poetry has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers, journals and anthologies throughout the U.S. and abroad including most recently in Fell Swoop, Kulture Vulture, La Reata, Meena, New Laurel Review, New Orleans Review, SAW, $Lavery, Tool, Xavier Review and Common Ground. His works also have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS’ News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and have been featured in National Geographic Traveler and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Brinks’ is the recipient of the Louisiana Writer’s Foundation 2006 award. His collections of poetry include The Caveat Onus, Book One (Lavender Ink, June 2006), The Caveat Onus, Book Two (Lavender Ink, Nov 2006), The Caveat Onus, Book Three (Lavender Ink, May 2007),The Treehouse Aquarium Cathedral Room (with Bernadette Mayer, New Directions 2005), The Snow Poems (Lavender Ink, 2000), The Light on Earth Street, The Secret Brain, How Birds Fly, Trial and Eros, A Pot of Lips and Harmonica Virgins. Brinks is also proprietor of the Gold Mine Saloon which not only serves up great ale, but also nationally & internationally renowned poets, writers and painters who are featured regularly throughout the year in this multi-disciplinary art space located in the heart of the French Quarter.