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Poetry. California Interest. DEEP WELL, Dan Bellm's fourth collection of poems, is an extended homage and elegy for a mother lost to Alzheimer's Disease in 2010. The sequence is a book of memory and consolation, combining formal precision with plain speech, and interwoven with Bellm's translations of six related poems from Spanish and French. Poet David St. John writes, "These lyrics of memoriam and these deep songs (in Lorca's sense) of mourning seem almost to etch themselves onto the air. Keep this book at hand; hold its passages close. This is an essential collection of poetry."
Dan Bellm lives in Berkeley, California. DEEP WELL (Lavender Ink, 2017) is his fourth full-length collection of poems. His previous book, PRACTICE (Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco), won the 2009 California Book Award. Dan's first book of poems, ONE HAND ON THE WHEEL (1999) , launched the California Poetry Series from Roundhouse Press; his second, BURIED TREASURE (1999), won the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Recent books of poetry in translation include SPEAKING IN SONG, by Mexican poet Pura López Colomé (Shearsman Books, 2017), THE SONG OF THE DEAD, by French poet Pierre Reverdy (Black Square Editions, 2016), and DESCRIPTION OF A FLASH OF COBALT BLUE, by Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca (Unicorn Press, 2015). He teaches literary translation and poetry in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA