“Reading Dan Bellm’s poems, I think: This is blessing. I think of Auden saying, ‘In the deserts of the heart / Let the healing fountain start.’ I am in awe of how Bellm’s poems perform a dance with and against Holy Scripture. And I keep coming back to his lines about ‘the way the body addresses the soul / lending it shape / lending it comfort and sorrow.’ Practice is like a long prayer of wonder, gratitude, pain and loss and tenderness.” –Alicia Ostriker
Dan Bellm lives in San Francisco. His first book of poetry, One Hand on the Wheel, launched the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press, and his second, Buried Treasure, won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. He is also a widely published translator of poetry and fiction from Spanish.
Publication date: 2008
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Dan’s personal website is at: www.danbellm.com
On February 4, 2010, Dan was the featured reader in the Lunch Poems series at UC Berkeley. Click here to see a reading of this event.
Dan’s book Practice has won the 2009 Silver Medal in Poetry as part of the California Book Awards given by the Commonwealth Club of California.
Practice is on The Virginia Quarterly Review’s list of the Top 10 Poetry Books of 2008.