|"What language? NO! What Language!
That is the first clue to this superior poet and his magnificent poetic ability. Awesome!
His uses let me quote him 'ruthless language.' I like that and he does not back away form
the brittle and brute life yet he is a strong poet who knows how tender words themselves
are and how they can be miss-used so he doesnt. Hence each word like hens
teeth is pore-cisely placed palaces a palace of his in word work and well in
the midst of the poem the words fly like slipping on black ice and the ghosts are speaking
--Michael Basinski, The Hold
"Dancing Bear writes with an interesting
--Ace Boggess, Adirondack Review
What's been said about What Language:
|"J.P. Dancing Bear's words are vividly
realistic images which carve niches of remembrance into your mind. He is precise, without
obvious ostentation, and the words show a scintillant saber
thrust of force when avidly contemplating, and dealing with, the vagaries and ailments of our world, confusing as they might be."
|"It wouldn't surprise me to find a
selection of Bear's poetry nominated for a major poetry award. He has a penetrating heart
and a fearless spirit that descends upon many consciousnesses: from the lonesome and horny
widow to the CEO to the dog to the moon. This diversity links him to poets who are, while
not rejecting, looking beyond the traditional subject matter of poetry, which remains
mired in the nineteenth century world. In this move to examine the twenty-first century
world we live in, without meaning to or using forms remotely similar, he allies himself
with Albert Goldbarth."
--Trent Walters, Quatro