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…

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…

In Memory of a Good Man

I have written countless posts and shared many videos over the years from my home back in central Pennsylvania. I am deeply saddened to say that we lost one of the quiet giants of that world, a tender, strong, and supporting lover of music, poetry, and art. From hosting the first Sunday services of Music…

On the Marriage of Joel and Tony

Two years ago today, I had the incredible honor of officiating the wedding of two of the most wonderful people. There is so much I want to say, but for once, words fail me. Luckily, there is the poem. I found this piece by Greg Delanty in the anthology Bright Wings, and it just seemed…