Richard David Kennedy
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Richard Kennedy is a novelist, poet, philosopher and littérateur.
He was nn honors graduate of the University of Houston , where he
received the prestigious Houston Psychological Association’s
Award For Excellence In Psychology upon graduation.
Richard resides in the DFW Area.
December (1972, 2006)
House of December.
Including Selections from Words, And There Are Five
Seasons and Interlude Seven magnificent new poems and selections from two
previously published collections available only in hard-to-obtain privately
printed editions comprise Richard David Kennedy’s House of December.
Its author obviously sees “things clearly ...and whole,” to quote
E.M. Forster in Howard’s End, and he has
also realized Forster’s admitted intention as voiced in the frontispiece of
that novel: “To connect…” The poems on physical nature, fleshly and
spiritual love, the creative act, and time, all echo Kennedy’s concern with
the sanctity of the individual and the presence of the godhead in each and
every one. The poet’s technical virtuosity adds further complexity and
density to his profound ideas. He makes us see things not only clearly and
whole, but differently than before, the mark of an artist of the first rank.
Miscellany: Minor Major Works (2008)
These are two “wild stallions” that will run freely across the plains of
your literary imagination. They couldn’t be more different; they couldn’t
be more alike, in that they are both from the mind of Richard David
Encuentro: Books One and Two (2008)
Book Two available at
The Encuentro isn’t just another novel. A
fairy tale in novel form– told as a farce, presented like a play, and
executed like a movie, it is indeed “novel” in every way. It is very much
as advertised: “A Children’s Story For Adults” – very mature adults; it is
also Kennedy as his innovated best, “pulling out all the stops” and
turning the medium right on it’s head to make a point, which is his
vehicular and artistically stylized expression of his treatise: The Point
Of Everything. So, while the subject matter is bawdy, the humor outrageous
and the wit nonpareil, it is, to be sure, a deeply profound exposition of
the nature and meaning of life at the end of the day. It is, as he has
stated, “probably (my) best symphony yet,” and destined to be an instant
classic. You will have to look far and wide to find a novel’s author
portraying himself in his own book as a “movie director”? The Encuentro
is a must read.
The shock of being diagnosed with a terminal
disease- one of the cruelest in medical annals, is made even more
confusing and ironic by a fantastic gift that accompanies it...You will
laugh. You will cry. And you will enjoy one of the most moving love
stories ever written...You will never forget the “man-child”, Simon, with
his unparalleled joys and his unimaginable sorrows. And you are sure to be
exhilarated by a gripping conclusion.
The Dunning Of Harley Nesbit
What would it be like to wake up one morning under a bridge and not be
able to remember who you are, how you got there, and only snippets of your
past? This is Harley’s predicament and it’s a mystery he seems incapable
of solving on his own…This is where an impish street maven comes in. His
name is Dusty, and he’s all too familiar with the besotted Harley, who’s
as put off and perplexed as he is intrigued by this queer little
man…Things soon change, however, and somehow between the two of them they
manage to unravel Harley’s past in a most unorthodox way…Brace yourself,
because this is going to be one lurid journey that will shock your socks
off! And it all comes to a completely unexpected end! ... Be warned: THIS
IS MATURE READING, but if you enjoy a compelling mystery and you have a
strong stomach, then proceed at your own risk!
Available from Lulu.com.
A struggling novelist, who edits other writer's copy
to make ends meet, goes to an island in the Mid-Atlantic to work on a
"serious" book for a travel writer. What happens after that is anything
but serious. He encounters an unbelievably bizarre and uproariously funny
world of people and events.
Similar States Of Insanity (Feb. 2008)
available from Lulu.com.
In his own provocative, controversial and inimitable style, Kennedy turns
his attention to the convention of verse again for the first time in over
three decades. Regarding no subject as “inviolable,” he offers up
cogitations of another kind as he thoughtfully explores and expounds on
the universal themes of life and love, God and religion and “being alive,”
with a particular emphasis on the notion of “sanity”. Underpinning many of
his meditations with what he calls Psychophysics, a new school of thought
he has created that will be address in full upon the release of his
philosophical treatise: Psychophysics: The Point Of Everything, his work
also provides us with a new turn of phrase– philosophy in motion. More
often than not, he chooses to take the middle ground on certain subjects,
preferring instead to make his audience “think” as opposed to alienate or
antagonize it. But this is not always the case, and where he takes a stand
there can be no doubt where his sentiments lie.
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