David Skeens (b.1970, Columbus, OH) is a creative, a storyteller, and a poet. His works act as internal monologues or theatrical asides that often muse, never without wry humor, on the nature of life, love, and pop culture.
Skeens received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communication, Playwriting, and Poetry. In addition to his personal artistic practice, Skeens has worked as a creative strategist and voice for several significant international brands and campaigns. His stories, marketing concepts, taglines, and editorial contributions for companies such as Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Henri Bendel, and The Limited have been seen and experienced by millions.
David Skeens makes visual, poetic prints using iconic song lyrics and quotes by artists and writers. First, he gives the lyrics that set the stage and tone for the poetry that follows. They invite you in for an intimate conversation, the kind of running dialogue some of us use to narrate our inner worlds. The poetry fires off like neurons in the shape of phrases. Each mise-en-scene has pain and redemption, drawing from pop culture as well as mythology. Cliches mix with tender entreaty, making the reader into a confidante.