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Jack Grapes


Bombshelter Press, 1995 35pp

ISBN: 0-941017-38-9

a collection of poetry by Jack Grapes

The Author

Jack Grapes
is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor and teacher, recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. He's the author of 13 books of poetry, and also wrote and starred in Circle of Will, which ran for several years in Hollywood and won drama critic awards for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor.


All the dallying with forms—all the complete bunch of cranial nonsense that fills the poetry magazines today take a dive, take a headfirst plunge when a poet comes along. Such a poet is Jack Grapes. There are a few (incredibly few) who aren't afraid of ripping through themselves to the flower in their gut.

Steve Richmond, OLÉ

The beautiful logic of his poems seems to refute my own half-baked prejudices, change my own thinking. What more could be expected of any poems? I'll tell you what more. The power or ability to astound. There are poems in this book that turn my head around a complete 360 degrees, that strike my heart's wooden gong with their clear, cold millimeters of magic.

Tom Kryss, Black Rabbit Press