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…

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…

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…

Saturday Song with the Mountain Goats

“There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year!” I can’t believe I haven’t shared something by John Darnielle here before, so for my first post of the new year, there’s no time like the present. When I hit the highway for the 2-plus-hour drive to visit my dad with my boys on New…

End of the Trail Café

. . . and Recent Publications Though I’ve added some recent publications to the appropriately titled “Publications” page, I haven’t taken the time to individually mention them. Also, I’ve been missing my old habit of recording poems. Usually, it was the poems of others, since my own were out searching for publishers, and to post…

Finalist for the 2018 Pangaea Prize

Sometimes you send a pack of poems out, and a year goes by. You forget. Editors are busy, you’re busy. You keep sending the work elsewhere. I don’t normally inquire after a submission. Though, one time I did and got a lovely rejection from the Gettysburg Review, whose editors said that while my poems weren’t…