I am David Terelinck and live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Many thanks to Maggie for approving my admission to camp – much appreciated. A little about me for anyone who is interested:
In another lifetime I was involved in academic writing and had many articles published in peer-reviewed nursing journals. I left nursing after 20+ years and got a “real job”; by that I mean no shift work, no rotating rosters, no more socially unacceptable hours, and the only person I had to care for and clean up after was myself!
I had written poetry when in my youth, and had abandoned it for decades as I charged up the career ladder. When I was done with career, and I had found me a nice 9-5 job (sans weekends), I started to dabble in poetry again. In 2007 I was kidnapped by poetry in the form of tanka. I wrote almost exclusively in this genre of poetry until 18 months ago, when I ventured back into free verse.
I have dropped to 4 days a week, and wish it were much less. I am now starting to loathe my day job in injury management and return to work, and really just want to write full-time. But if one wants to put food on the table and take holidays in business class, poetry is not a great bread-winning occupation.
I am looking forward to reading the poems of others, and sharing some of mine along the way.