Doug Bentley


Doug Bentley lives quietly in Richmond, Canada. He is the author of four books currently available here:

a journey of self-discovery into the sanctuary of your soul - and beyond!;

"one of the best kept secrets in Canadian English Poetry today!";

GO -21st Century Existentialism in an Absurdist Theme -
a full-length 4 Act play based on the landmark play by Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot;

GRAIN -Mystical Poems -
an English sonnet sequence of 28 classic love poems and one long contemplation on death and dying.

All of the author's books are available in soft cover at Amazon websites worldwide, major online retailers and bookstores including CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble [USA], Bowker Books, Books A Million, Book Depository websites, Indie Bound, Flipkart [India], Alibris, Angus & Robertson [Australia], Bookworld [Australia], Rakuten {USA}, and libraries and academic institutions worldwide through the Ingram Content Group and Baker & Taylor, as well as NACSCORP in the USA.

Your next step is to download the free samples. Or, better yet, for less than the price of a pint of beer you can purchase your own copy.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to write?
I write poetry and scripts for live theatre.

Poetry is perhaps the most private of all the literary forms. In writing "GRAIN -Mystical Poems" I consciously challenged myself to create poetry which is in sync with both the classic music and the evergreen content of the mainstream literature of poetry. It seemed to me that no poetic content was more "evergreen" than the mystical encounter which originates in a deep and personal layer of the soul.

In short, the discipline of the genre inspires me to write poetry.

I was inspired to write my theatre script "GO" after watching a few of the popular plays by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I am not a fan of his brand of theatre, and wrote this script partially in defiance of the trend of inane entertainment which his plays had spawned. But the project evolved into a much more serious investigation of contemporary existential angst when I learned how to turn philosophical concepts into definable and distinct theatrical characters. The project then took on a momentum of its own and I found myself filling many notepads with lines and snippets of speeches which required several months editing to sort.

In short, I was inspired to write the script because I was carried along by the momentum of the characters as they evolved.
Can you tell us about your writing process?
It begins as a slight but noticeable discomfort inside the back of my head, just above the top of the spine. Over a period of weeks the discomfort grows. I think of it as a tumor.

At some point, in a flash, the recognition arrives that "it is done!" That means that all the information I need has been added and sorted. At this point, I'm finished. All I have to do is write down what comes to me, organize and edit it.

This may take several weeks to months to complete. At some point, again, in a flash, I realize that it's finished.

After that, I leave it and forget it. I move forward to the next project.
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Where to find Doug Bentley online

Where to buy in print


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GRAIN -Mystical Poems
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Philosophical Fragments Of Your Ancient Name
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A Canadian's Poems
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Best Free Video Tools Resource Book
Price: Free! Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Visual & Performing Arts, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
This ebook contains an amazing array of free video resources and tools for just about everything you will need to make very high quality videos. It is proof that making professional quality videos is no longer an expensive, technically exhausting task. Anyone can now do it.
Philosophical Fragments Of Your Ancient Name
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,920. Language: American English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / existentialism, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Humanism
New Edition! Revised & Expanded!​ This edition contains a new chapter on the global climate change movement: the science, economics, politics and consciousness. It's expanded and includes discussions on modern scientific cartesianism, cultural imprinting, theological practice and mystical phenomena.​
A Canadian's Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: American English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
You're about to discover one of the best kept secrets in Canadian English Poetry today! A Canadian's Poems, truly one of the best kept secrets in Canadian English Poetry today, has gone global, and you are about to discover what all the buzz is about. Your next step is to take a look inside the introductory sample.
Grain -Mystical Poems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
A selection of mystical love poems, of poetry on fire, GRAIN is for the mature reader whose delight is to drift off into a world of dreams never dreamed. In an English sonnet sequence of 28 classic love poems and one long contemplation on death and dying, GRAIN organically knits poems about love and life together into a mystical union, an enrapture which is the Love of God. Please see the sample.
Go -21st Century Existentialism
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,080. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Plays » Canadian, Fiction » Anthologies » Drama/Theatrical
A full length 4 Act theater script, GO’s template is the landmark play by Samuel Beckett Waiting For Godot. Positing major ontological advances since that play was first produced in 1953, GO’s tramps, BLIND and GOGO, encounter transformative characters - a starman, wizard, warrior, and clown - on their path to meeting the transcendent, genderless Go. Please read sample.

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