Poetry. PRIMATE POEMS embodies the nature of a very young species coming into awareness of itself. Many of the story-like poems are moments of 'something going on' in the midst of 'normal' life, walking up the stairs, leaning on the counter, watching the ballgame…Immersed in geological and astronomical thought, these poems ruminate on punctuated equilibrium, the empathy of distance, interactions between dolphin-human-dog-beaver, Japanese tourism, and the possibility that the savior of the trilobites has indeed returned.
Each morning Danny pees on the bank of the largest unnamed tributary to the East Branch of Big Salt Wash which flows into the Colorado River several miles below Fruita, Colorado. Early on he learned to swing a hammer and that changed everything. He has been a poet, publisher, teacher, geologist, astronomer, and carpenter. In the middle of his journey he found himself running an astronomical observatory in the heart of the Namib Desert under the southern sky where he cultivated an optimistic outlook based on his familiarity with big space and deep time. He is the author of PRIMATE POEMS (2016), Ghosts of Giant Kudu (2013), and That Curve (2006). He founded Lithic Press in 2007 and has run Lithic Bookstore since its opening in 2015. An inveterate rock hanger, he has collaborated with beavers on a variety of landscape installations.