Today's poem is "A Brief Informal History"
from Inner Cities of Gulls

Salmon Poetry

J.P. Dancing Bear is the author of Conflicted Light (Salmon Poetry, 2008), Gacela of Narcissus City (Main Street Rag, 2006), Billy Last Crow (Turning Point, 2004) and What Language (Slipstream, 2002), winner of the 2001 Slipstream Prize. His poems have been published in New Orleans Review, National Poetry Review, Knockout, Bateau, diode, DIAGRAM, Verse Daily and many others. His work has been ten times nominated for a Puschcart Prize and once for a Forward Prize. He has been working with Nicaraguan poet Blanca Castellon on translating of her poetry into English, the first will appear in Redactions, Marlboro Review, International Poetry Review, iconoclast and The Bitter Oleander. He has also been working with Mexican poet Oscar Wong to translate his work into English. He is the editor of the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press and the host of “Out of Our Minds” a weekly poetry program on public radio station KKUP.

Other poems by J. P. Dancing Bear in Verse Daily:
February 26, 2009:   "Legitimacy Is So Chummy" "First thing is: everyone presses the room...."
August 21, 2008:   "Natural Enemies" "all day the owl is dreaming of a crow, dreaming..."
November 13, 2007:   "Poem Starting with a Line by Jason Bredle" " According to Hercules, if we make an angel..."
July 26, 2007:   "Gacela of Animal Theory" " Every time I explain Schrödinger's cat to the animal..."
July 16, 2006:   "On Falling and Failing" " If Icarus were to speak, he'd kvetch..."
June 28, 2005:  "West Nile" "The birds began to rust..."
April 27, 2005:  "Iago, the Poet" ""First, let me say it is sickening, this syrupy public..."
February 14, 2005:  "Sky of Sleep" "Sometimes she is a tree..."
August 19, 2004:  "Gacela of Animal Wisdom" "Apollo, Apollo, when will you leave the animals alone?..."
August 8, 2003:  "Island Myths" by "We were once two islands..."
June 14, 2003:  "Persephone at the Farmer's Market" "Even now, I cannot lose the memory of scent...."
May 3, 2003:  "Departing Phoenix" "I swallow bird songs that do not resurface..."
October 10, 2002:  "The Lonelier Moon" "Armstrong has seen it / from its sister...."

Books by J. P. Dancing Bear:

Other poems on the web by J. P. Dancing Bear:
"Prospero, King of the City" and three audio files
Fourteen poems
Five poems
"The Lost Boy"
"Victory — Woman Metamorphosing into a Boat with Angels"
"Offshore Drilling"
Four poems
Three poems
Three poems
"Debris of an Automobile Giving Birth to a Blind Horse Biting a Telephone"
"Pack Your Trash"
"Salvation Nation"
Five poems
Nine poems
"Sisyphus Has Time For One More Question"
"Gacela of a Wedding Day"
"Island Like a Heart"
"Dia de los Muertos"
Four poems
"Birthday Note"
"Gacela of Consumer Apathy"
"The Cannonball"
"Fish Tale"
Two poems
"Fertile Crescent"
"Every Dog is Two Dogs:"
"Gacela of the Heart of Darkness"
"Trepanning the Dust"
Four poems
"My Yeriho"

J. P. Dancing Bear's Home Page.

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About Inner Cities of Gulls:

"Throughout Inner Cities of Gulls, whether penetrating the natural world or the historical one, whether in love poems or in poems that explore other ‘inner weather’ of the human heart, J. P. Dancing Bear reveals a certain kind of earned wisdom. Sometimes summoning the voices of mythical persons, sometimes raising his own powerful voice, this poet lends insight to our sometimes faulty assumptions about the way life should be lived. ‘I could change light / and substance into any gift,’ claims the speaker of ‘The Dark Current.’ The poems in this compelling collection are themselves such a gift."
—Andrea Hollander Budy

"J. P. Dancing Bear writes new myths for our times through a cornucopia of characters, from Prospero as a TV weatherman to Jesuses of the street. Inner Cities of Gulls contains powerfully moving poems that are restlessly inventive and always life affirming. They celebrate both the natural world and the trance of traffic, displaying his trademark range."
—Pascale Petit

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