The VPR Poem of the Week is J.P. Dancing Bear’s “Island Like a Heart,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2004 issue (Volume V, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.
J. P. Dancing Bear has published poems in numerous journals, including Adirondack Review, Atlanta Review, Mississippi Review, New York Quarterly, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Seattle Review. His chapbook, What Language, won the 2002 Slipstream Press Poetry Prize. Pudding House Press published another chapbook, Blue Hand, in 2002. His full-length books of poetry include Billy Lost Crow, published by Turning Point Books in 2004, and Conflicted Light, which is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. His work also has been included in anthologies, such as In A Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005) and Red, White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press, 2004). He is the editor of The American Poetry Journal.
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