J. P. Dancing Bear

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The Dancing Bear Reader

"The Abnormal is Not Courage" by Jack Gilbert
"According to the polar reports," by Jeffrey Levine
"Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo" by Jason Gray
"Against Complaint" by Roddy Lumsden
"A H O Y !" by Jason Gray
"Alms" by Edna St. Vincent Milay
"Angel Shark" by Hailey Leithauser
"Apples" by Meagan Evans
"Aquainted with the Night" by Robert Frost
"At Last, Fire Seen As a Psychotic Break" by Sarah Hannah
"At The End of a Long and Varied Career" by Tom C. Hunley
*"atlantis made easy" by Evie Shockley
"As I Step Over A Puddle At The End Of Winter,
  I Think Of An Ancient Chinese Governor
" by James Wright
"Aubade" by Amy Lowell
"Aubade" by Philip Larkin
"The Bar Code of Love" by Erika Meitner
*"Bell" by Cecily Parks
"Berlin" by Alan Jude More
*"Black Guitar" by Michelle Bitting
"Black Iris" by Bruce Bond
"A Blessing" by James Wright
"A Bone to Pick with You" by A. E. Stallings
"Bid Me Be the Bird" by Nance Van Winckel
"The Box" by Mark Turpin
"Cemetery" by Jason Myers
*"City of Lavender" by Jason Bredle
"Climograph" by James Grinwis
"Confessions of a Mask" by David Lehman
*"Conflunce" by Mary Biddinger
*"Converted Church" by Medbh McGuckian
"Crater Lake" by Louise Glück
"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman
"Cuckoo" by Larissa Szporluk
"Cupid and the Party Dress" by Cassie Sparkman
"Daddy" by Sylvia Plath (audio file of Plath reading)
"The Darkling Thrush" by Thomas Hardy
"The Dark Pelican" by C. J. Sage
*"Day of My Dead" by Mark Conway
"De Profundis" by Georg Trakl
"Dead Soldier" by Kevin Prufer
"Death the Mexican Revolutionary" by Anthony Hecht
"Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" by Randall Jarrell
"Deer in the Apples" by Joan Murray
*"Desire" by Molly Gaudry
Die With Me When I Die" by Molly Gaudry
"Diving into the Wreck" by Adrienne Rich
"Divorce" by Jack Gilbert
"Dusk Outside the Braille Press" by Paul Hostovsky
"Echo and Narcissus" by Kim Addonizio
"Epitaph on a Tyrant" by W. H. Auden
"Even Because" by Ralph Angel
*"Everything Good Between a Man and a Woman" by C. D. Wright
"The Exquisite Foreplay of the Tortoise" by Nicky Beer
"Farewell Desires" by Elise Partridge (page 6)
"Field Notes" by C. J. Sage
*"The Fish" by Elizabeth Bishop
*"Floating Trees" by C. D. Wright
"The Forgotten Dialect Of The Heart" by Jack Gilbert
"Gacela Of Unforseen Love" by Federico Garcia Lorca
"The Garden" by David Daniel
"Grotesque" by Sarah Arvio
"Hammerhead on the Atlantic" - John Pursley III
"Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wreckage Of The Moon:
  Christmas, 1960
" - James Wright
"Her Kind" by Anne Sexton (with audio)
"Holy Spirit" by Nicole Cuddeback
*"The Horses" by Rachel Richardson
"House" by Don Bogen
*"Hurricane Season" by Alexandra Teague
"The Idea of Ancestry" by Etheridge Knight
"The Idiot's Guide to Faking Your Own Death and Moving to Mexico" by Jason Bredle
"Ill-Made Almighty" by Heather McHugh
"In an Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti
"Intramuros" by Roddy Lumsden
"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins
"It is the Soul" by Hannah Stein
"It Takes a While to Disappear" by Ralph Angel
"i carry your heart with me" by ee cummings
*"I Lost My Horse" by Cecily Parks
"I Used to See Her in the Field Beside My House" by Ashley Capps
*"Jugarum" by Cecily Parks
"Knowing No Better" by Nance Van Winckel
"Lament" by Betsy Sholl
"The Last Words of Alice the Goon" by Paul Guest
"A Leaf of Basil" by Margaret F. Gibson
"Letter After the Diagnosis" by Lynne Knight
"Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound" by Anne Sexton
"Life on the Prairie, Continued" by Mark Conway
"Lines For Winter" by Mark Strand
"The Lost Glove" by
"Love Poem" by Paul Hostovsky
"Lullaby" by Amanda Jernigan
"Magic Turns to Math and Back" by Brenda Shaughnessy
"Making a Comeback" by Roddy Lumsden
"Mother, Summer, I" by Philip Larkin
*"More Blues and Abstract Truth" by C.D. Wright
"Mushrooms" by Sylvia Plath
"Naming the Stars" by Joyce Sutphen
"No Wasn't Full" by C. J. Sage
"Nocturne: Andalusian Dog" by Tracy K. Smith
"Not Night" by Mark Conway
"Ode to a Heart Loser" by Stephen Dunn
"Pacific" by Lola Haskins
"Pearl" by Danielle Pafunda
"Pockets" by Howard Nemerov
"Poppies" by Mary Oliver
"The Propagation of the Species" by Jennifer Michael Hecht
"Psalm" by Gary Short
"Quail" by Paul Muldoon
"Raft" by Dorianne Laux
"The Rhinoceros Graveyard" by James Doyle
"RIP" by James Wright
"Self-Portrait as Future Third Person" by D. Antwan Stewart
"September" by Jennifer Michael Hecht
"Sestina Aguilera" by Matthew Guenette
"Shaggy's Soul Food Open Soon, Said the Sign outside of Tallulah" by Alison Pelegrin
"Shipping News" by Alan Jude Moore
"The Sleep of Wood in the Houses of Wrens" by George Looney
"Sleeptown" by Bryan Penberthy
"Small Frogs Killed of the Highway" by James Wright
"Snow"   by Mary Rueffle
"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
"So You Want to Be a Teaching Assistant in English" by Jeff Worley
"Solstice as Demon Lover" - Reginald Shepherd
"Song" by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
"Sonnet" by Karen Volkman
"Sonnet For Carryhouse and Keeper" by C. J. Sage
*"Speech Therapy" by Dean Young
"Split the Lark" by R. T. Smith
"Spring" by Jennifer Juneau
"Spirits of the Dead" by E. A. Poe
"spur reverie" by Dara Wier
"Starling" by Dorianne Laux
"Starlings" by Sarah Arvio
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
*"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg
"Tehachapi" by St. James Wood
"There Is No Pretending" by Mary Jo Bang
"This" by Ralph Angel
*"Three Moves" by John Logan
"Tide of Voices" by Lynda Hull
"Tonight I Can Write" by Pablo Neruda
"Truth the Dead Know" by Anne Sexton
"Vixen" by W. S. Merwin
*"Whoever You are, Holding Me now in Hand" by Whalt Whitman
"Why I am Not a Good Kisser" by Mary Rueffle
"Will" by Bruce Bond
"A Windmill Makes a Statement" by Cate Marvin
"Winter Evenings" by Georg Trakl
"Winter Trees" by William Carlos Williams
"XOXO Los Angeles" by Ian Harris





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