J. P. Dancing Bear is the author of Inner Cities of Gulls (2010, Salmon Poetry). His tenth collection, Family of Marsupial Centaurs will be released by Iris Press in 2011. His poems have been published in Mississippi Review, Third Coast, Shenandoah, Verse Daily and many other publications. He is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts.
As surely as architects fall in love with angles and lines I come to you adjusting my buttons and lapel fascinated by the hover of your dress as though you floated into the room a jellyfish a single bulb She's not on the same field of play they'd all whispered to me yet I lean forward closer to you and away from my secured counsel As you speak whole cities blossom within my chest a new age out of the slow bone and flesh existence and here ideas are rivering through As surely as highways pulse between major metropolises sex is a subtext I imagine sliding down each ravine and ripple within your dress the touch of your hand changes an avenue of traffic lights to green lust With you I dream of new equations how y might multiply with x a new proof effervescing beneath our formalities I don't care who's watching I come to you wanting to build structures together not to gaze dumbly into your eyes