Poetry. LLANTO TONTO. David Almaleck Wolinsky fronts his claim on us with a self-mocking, euphonious rhyme—a near-antinomy, in an idiom that is neither these poems', nor his own. Well. He could well be another scribbler splashing around for a moment before he drowns in obscurity. He is clearly someone who knows that, but still seeks to draw an "And yet..." from you. Who blindly imagines a "you" will exist.
David Almaleck Wolinsky has had a chequered non-career. Highlights include 6 years of middle-school teaching in the Park Heights ghetto of Baltimore, a novice at age 47. Grandpahood later. Lowlifes include 3 volumes of unpublished poetry. The Almaleck in his name represents his mom, her parents, and their lineage from Al-Andalus, Muslim-ruled Spain. His Sephardic ancestors had to leave their homeland in 1492, at the completion of the Catholic reconquista. He also answers to grandpa, and sometimes Grandpa Whiteboy, participating when he can in the Poor Peoples Campaign, 350.org, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Levantate/Rise. He is the author of LLANTO TONTO (Dos Madres Press, 2020) and THE CRANE IS FLYING (Dos Mafres Press, 2016). David, his wife, and his suegra Florinda, 106, live with two cats in central Maryland. They share a small patch of earth with the birds and the trees, rhizomes and other critters.Author City: FREDERICK, MD USA