J. P. Dancing Bear

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"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 doesn’t. Hence each word like hen’s 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 all around."

                        --Michael Basinski, The Hold

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"Dancing Bear writes with an interesting
mix of lyrical voice and underlying sarcasm,
elevating the poems with language then
toying with the reader in subtle, underlying

       --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."

                         --Joyce Metzger










"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