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. Owed To An Outdoor Music Festival

    About 2 weeks ago I was asked by one of my favorite bands, Over The Rhine, to compose a poem to inaugurate this year's Nowhere Else Festival, and then to read it to open the festival. I flew down to southwestern Ohio, to the farm where Over The Rhine live and host the festival, and spent the Labor Day weekend at an event that was definitely a music festival but also a kind of family reunion and kind of a portal to a world that seemed realer than "the real world." if you're curious about the poem, a friend was kind enough to video and send it to me, so you can watch it here:

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  2. 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 Par... Read more

  3. One Little Light

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

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  4. 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

  5. "Headphones" published in Another Chicago Magazine

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

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  6. 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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