John Paul Davis

My name is John Paul Davis. I write poetry, build things on the web with code, make music and visual art. I love making things. This website is mostly about the things I make and do.


  1. New Music and Poetry for early 2021

    Today will be the first really warm day of spring, and therefore of this year. My morning walk through Fort Tryon Park was a foggy one, as if the curtain of winter were being raised, set to an uproar of birdsong. Yesterday I listened to the new President give his first press conference, and even though I have my disagreements with him, overall it was a relief to hear a President talk to the press with both candor and respect while also maintaining both humor and humility. (At one point, he joked about his early days in the Senate “120 years ago.” The President has the launch codes to an arsenal of dad jokes and he is not afraid to use them.) We seem to be about to turn a corner with the COVID-19 pandemic, and yes, spring is here.


    Today is also the release day of my band, Love In The Ruins’s second album, Distances. it’s available on all digital platforms, and of course I’d be grateful if you’d take a listen. You can find links to Ban... Read more

  2. Sweet Sixteen

    I designed and built the previous version of this site, its fifteenth, in early 2017. At the time, my book of poems, ... Read more

  3. "Headphones" published in Another Chicago Magazine

    My poem "Headphones" was published in Another Chicago Magazine.

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  4. One Little Light

    I'm writing one poem a day for 2021 and posting them to Substack.

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  5. New poem in Rattle's "Poets Respond"

    Read "Elexxxion" here. If you're coming from Rattle's site, consider joining my mailing list.

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  6. "Selfie" published in Salamander 46

    My poem "Selfie" was published in issue 46 of Salamander.

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