Poetry. Art. "We know many of the photographs as threads woven into our lives and into our understandings of the world and of history. And in some ways we don't know the photographs at all. The photo poems are not captions; their evocative language—in one case, chanting; in another, the subject's monologue—creates a unique relationship with each photograph, bringing the images alive in new and startling ways. Although the collection is serious, it also celebrates photography. Perhaps paradoxically, the precise, varied, and imaginative language keeps everything in this gallery intensely alive. The photo poems in EVERYTHING IN MOTION, EVERYTHING AT REST enlarge as you read them. I am energized by these photo poems, and grateful to John Bradley, whose work goes beyond the usual to open the borders between these arts."—Veronica Patterson
John Bradley was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Massapequa and Lynbrook, New York; and Wayzata, Minnesota. His first book, LOVE-IN-IDLENESS: THE POETRY OF ROBERT ZINGARELLO, won the Washington Prize, in 1989, and a second edition, expanded and revised, was published by Word Works. Besides writing poetry, he is also fond of composing aphorisms; his aphorisms appear in the anthologies Short Flights and Short Circuits. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. He has been reviewing poetry books for Rain Taxi for many years and currently is an assistant editor for Cider Press Review. He lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with his wife, Jana, and their cats, Kiki and Zuzu.