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I've created a book of poems and album that helps people embrace wounds and wonder in order to experience the depths of human life.
I've created a book of poems and album that helps people embrace wounds and wonder in order to experience the depths of human life.
125 backers pledged $10,041 to help bring this project to life.

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I started this project with a question: How do we heal from the wounds that sabotage our lives so that we can experience wonder?

I read biographies and took careful notes. I filled shoeboxes with 3” x 5” notecards. I wrote and rewrote. Something wasn’t working. Finally, I had a break through. An epiphany, if you will.

The way I was posing the question forced me to answer it with an either/or. In this way of thinking, wounds became an experience of life that was always bad and wonder became an experience that was always good. Through writing poem after poem, I learned that posing wounds and wonders against each other is actually harmful. 

What I learned through this project is that wounds and wonders are a both/and. Wounds are an invitation to enter into the raw and real of human life and then to wait for the wonder.

The poems in this collection will challenge you to face your wounds and experience wonder. If you want to experience life at its greatest depth these poems can point the way. 

I need your help to bring this project to life. 

I've created a book of poems. This is my very best writing from the last 18 months. I've worked with Caleb Seeling, my faithful editor, in selecting and shaping the very best of what I've written. I'm publishing the book with Steuben Press and I'm grateful for the help of Adam Ellis. I can't wait for you to read these poems.

 I've created an album that sets these poems to music.  I love what happens when poems are set to music.  I've worked with Bryan Hogg, who we call Dobsy, to compose a 17 track album. I worked with Lewis Brown, a local Denver hip-hop artist as well as Matthew Davis and Jenny Lajoye who are Denver based singer songwriters. The Album was mixed and mastered by David Wilton at Coalesce Studios. Creative consulting on the the title and themes of album was done by Tim Coons. As always, Rob Fleming provided  invaluable feedback and encouragement and technical skill to this project. 

I've created 17 Podcasts that offer further insight and actions challenges to the ideas expressed in each poem. This could never have happened without the editing expertise of Gregg Nordin.

Everything visual from the book, album, podcast, and t-shirt has been artfully designed by Kathryn Nash.  

 

 

Additionally, Wesley Sam-Bruce has added art pieces as well.  I've received invaluable creative feedback from James and Hillary Osbourne, David Burchfield, Luke Jay, Betony Coons, Courtney Wilkinson, Alex Hogg, Aaron Strumpl, Aaron Purdy, Vincent Colbert, and Stacy Fredrickson. The video work created for this project was filmed and edited by Aaron Rodriquez.

This project like every project I've dreamed up since high school could not have come to life without the talented help of Nik Brockman.  Nik is my master of implementation and has offered his invaluable wisdom and technical skill at every level of this project.

Thank you for your help!

Purchasing one of the rewards will help me pay for the graphic design, music composition, mixing and mastering, and publishing costs. What I love about Kickstarter is that this project cannot come to life without your support. I cannot thank you enough for believing in me and in this project.

Stretch Goals

1. + $1,000 (10,500) Gift to the Action Center. The Action Center provides basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for West Denver. I've visited the facility and weekly talk with folks who have benefited from this great non-profit.  

2. + $2,500 (12,000) I'll make 2 Videos from this Album

3. + $4,000 (16,000) I'll hire a publicist and have a small book tour

Risks and challenges

This is my third poetry and musical project and I am surrounded by some of the greatest friends anyone could have so there is very little risk involved. The project is nearly complete and the money raised will pay for the album (composition, mixing & mastering) and book (editing, publishing) costs.

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    I LIKE YOU, Dale

    “The glory of friendship is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I'll send you an encouraging postcard and also I'm giving you a thumbs-up, a pat on the back, and smile.

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    I like my music downloadable

    “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
    ― Confucius

    I'm sending you digital files for the entire album.

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    I want a physical copy of the album

    “Music will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    I'm sending you a physical copy of my album.

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    I want to see it and hear it

    “Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!”
    ― Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    I"m sending you digital files and a physical copy

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    Give me that book of poems

    “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” Desiderius Erasmus

    I'm sending you my new book of poems

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    THIS ONE! (Book + Album + Art)

    “A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” Percy Bysshe Shelley

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    I like my art on t-shirts

    “I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.” Bob Dylan

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    1 VIP Tickets to Live Poem SHOW!

    “I think it would be amazing to rent out the small theatre at Casa Bonita, you know, the one where they have weekly magic shows and celebrate the release of my album and poems with friends? I mean they’ve got live divers, skee-ball, creepy caves, and bottomless sopapillas.” Dale

    “I’m not sure.” Stacy

    "Casa Bonita is filled with wonder." Dale

    "That's debatable." Stacy

    "Let's do it!" Dale

    “I’m not sure.” Stacy

    On Friday, April 6th @ 7:00 p.m. we will meet in the theatre for a "On Wounds & Wonder" Poem Party @ Casa Bonita

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    • Autographed Book
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    • On Wounds & Wonder T-Shirt
    • Art Print for "On Wounds & Wonder"
    • Live Poem Show
    • Free Dinner @Casa Bonita (Adult beverages not included)
    • Q & A Session
    • 17 in-depth podcasts where I talk in depth about each poem
    • Dive show (Stacy would not let Dale dive in his speedo!)
    • 10× Bottomless sopapillas
    • Mariachi band (possibly)
    • Tokens (Yes we will!)
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    The Artist's Edition

    "All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste." Ira Glass

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    SHARING IS CARING Edition

    “Real friends buy their friends and family awesome stuff.” Anonymous

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    THE PHILOSOPHER'S EDITION!

    “No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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    • On Wounds & Wonder digital album
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    • 17 in-depth podcasts where I talk in depth about each poem
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    • Google Hangout to discuss philosophy and theology on album
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    2 VIP Tickets to Live Poem SHOW!

    "I think it would be amazing to rent out the small theatre at Casa Bonita, you know, the one where they have weekly magic shows and celebrate the release of my album and poems with friends? I mean they’ve got live divers, skee-ball, creepy caves, and bottomless sopapillas.” Dale

    “I’m not sure.” Stacy

    On Friday, April 6th @ 7:00 p.m. we will meet in the theatre for a "On Wounds & Wonder Poem Party @ Casa Bonita

    Includes:
    • On Wounds & Wonder digital album
    • On Wounds & Wonder Physical Copy
    • Autographed Book
    • Personal Postcard
    • On Wounds & Wonder T-Shirt
    • Art Print for "On Wounds & Wonder"
    • Live Poem Show
    • Free Dinner @Casa Bonita (Adult beverages not included)
    • Q & A Session
    • 17 in-depth podcasts where I talk in depth about each poem
    • Dive show (Stacy would not let Dale dive in his speedo!)
    • 10× Bottomless sopapillas
    • Mariachi band (possibly)
    • Tokens (Yes we will!)
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    THE FAMILY EDITION

    “Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”-Albert Einstein

    "Listen to great poetry and music and preferably both at the same time with your family." Anonymous

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    POETRY WORKSHOP

    "Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary." Khalil Gibran

    Do you want to create an experience for your family or friends? Or, do you homeschool your kids? I’ll come to your home and teach you how to read and write poems. We will celebrate our learning with live performances.

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    HOUSE SHOW

    "Listening to music [and poetry] is an important part of the journey of life. There is something missing in your life if most of the music you hear is recorded." Ray Hughes

    Invite your friends over or just open your house for a concert, and I will bring along a singer/songwriter and will come and do a show at your house. This will be an incredible night with storytelling, poetry, and music. (Must cover travel if outside of the Denver area.)

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    LIVE POETRY OR SPEAKING

    "Strong in dale, the force is. An inspiring poet and speaker, is he. Hmmmmmm." Yoda

    I’ll come to your next event and perform live poetry or speak on a topic of your choice. I’ll work with you to create an inspiring and life changing experience for all. I’m great with youth and young adult events, can speak at small, medium and large settings and have even performed poetry for corporate trainings or creative events. (Must cover travel if outside of the Denver area.)

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    RETREAT OR CONFERENCE SPEAKER OR POET

    "Strong in dale, the force is. An inspiring poet and speaker, is he. Hmmmmmm." Yoda

    This reward is reserved for large scale events. That is, events with more than 100 people. I would love to come to your event and speak. I always bring tons of energy with a thoughtful presentation that incorporates poetry and will inspire conversations and action. (Must cover travel if outside of the Denver area.)

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    THE MATRON AND/OR PATRON OF THE ARTS

    "We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect." Michelle Obama

    My artwork has always been made possible by extremely generous people. If you'd like to support my mission to help create the language for the next generation to understand God I'd love to talk with you.

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