New Chapbook

Mapping the Valley: Hospital Poems My son Micah and I are thrilled to announce the publication of Mapping the Valley: Hospital Poems, a 29-page, beautifully hand-tied chapbook, selected as number 12 in Volume Four of the Seven Kitchens Press Editor’s Series! This collection of 17 poems has been over two years in the making, so…

What the Heck is a Chapbook

I’m glad you asked. Outside of the poetry world nobody seems to know what a chapbook is. So when I tell them that I have published two chapbooks and a third as a collaboration with my son, they often nod in puzzlement, happy for me, but obviously perplexed by my wording. Sometimes they ask, “A…

Birding with Bernie

I’ve been asked why I don’t post much about my birding here. Maybe it’s because I’m not a photographer, and so I don’t have many of my own original images to share with you. I suppose I could write more on the experience—I’ll work on that. My ex was great at that. I could take…

Poems, Prizes, and Publishing

Updates from the Writer’s Desk AND A RECORDING Coming your way very soon, my son Micah and I will be announcing the publication of our joint poetry chapbook from the Editor’s Series at Seven Kitchens Press. Mapping the Valley, Hospital Poems by Micah James and David J. Bauman will be available for you to order…

How It Ought to Be

I have been meaning to post about this for a while now, but during these variously difficult times, one gets caught up in it all and lets certain important events be eclipsed by the news reels, the work load, the anxiety, the stress. Let’s promise each other not to let that happen, but instead take…

Saturday Songs with Alanis

It’s been eight years since Alanis Morrissette’s last album, but on July 31st, Such Pretty Little Forks in the Road was released, and for my household (me, Milton and BPK), I can say it’s been a deep joy and pleasure to immerse ourselves in a new set of songs by one of our all time…