John Paul Davis


  1. Climbing A Burning Rope

    My second book of poetry, published by University Of Pittburgh Press, is out now.

    Inasmuch as poems can be “about” something, the book is largely about what it’s like to work in our economic system and society, what Vanessa Machado de Oliveria called “coloniality modernity” and Martin Pulcher calls our “resource-extracting way of life” and what almost everyone calls “capitalism.” I began writing it when I was working for The Largest Advertising Agency In The World - the absurdities and Kafkaesque systems of such a large company had me reflecting on my history as a worker.

    Over the decades I’ve had all manner of interesting jobs, partly because when I was growing up my family was poor. Not homeless-poor or shoeless outhouse poor, but definitely below the poverty line, drinking-powdered-milk, me-wearing-hand-me-downs-from-my-sister, had-no-health-insurance, one-paycheck-away-from-distaster poor. So I had my first ... Read more

  2. Owed To An Outdoor Music Festival

    About 2 weeks ago I was asked by one of my favorite bands, Over The Rhine, to c... Read more

  3. "Headphones" published in Another Chicago Magazine

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

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  4. 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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  5. "Selfie" published in Salamander 46

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

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  6. 3 Poems Published in COG

    My poems "Emergency," "Stain" and "Smartphone" have been published in the Fall 2017 issue of COG.

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  7. Feelings As A Kind Of Data

    My first solo album is out now. Read more about it here.

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  8. 2 Poems published in No, Dear

    My poems "Merger" and "Idle" appear in Issue 20 of No, Dear. You can read them here.

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  9. 2 Poems Published in Apricity Press's latest issue

    My poems "Self" and "Sound" appear in Apricity Press's latest issue.

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  10. Brand new site!

    You're looking at the freshly-coded, just-launched, fifteenth version of 2017 marks 20 ye... Read more