Today's poem is "Jacob's Ladder"
from Practice

Sixteen Rivers Press

Dan Bellm lives in San Francisco. His first book of poetry, One Hand on the Wheel, launched the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press, and his second, Buried Treasure, won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. He is also a widely published translator of poetry and fiction from Spanish.

Books by Dan Bellm: Practice, The Legend Of The Wandering King, Buried Treasure, One Hand on the Wheel

Other poems on the web by Dan Bellm:
Two poems

About Practice:

"Reading Dan Bellm’s poems, I think: This is blessing. I think of Auden saying, “In the deserts of the heart / Let the healing fountain start.” I am in awe of how Bellm’s poems perform a dance with and against Holy Scripture. And I keep coming back to his lines about “the way the body addresses the soul / lending it shape / lending it comfort and sorrow.” Practice is like a long prayer of wonder, gratitude, pain and loss and tenderness."
—Alicia Ostriker

"Something happened to Dan Bellm in this third book that I believe will propel him most deservingly as one of the foremost poets of his generation. Here, speaking the language of the prophets, revising it in a way that is both humble and heartbreakingly playful—remember Yeats's 'It is myself that I remake'?—Bellm achieves a quiet grandure that casts a spell and does not let me be. I love Practice as a book-long-sequence of parables, prayers, elegies, and incantations that are traditional and yet utterly contemporary. In assembling this formal collection, Bellm teaches us: We are living in biblical times."
—Ilya Kaminsky

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