BIO: James P. Roberts' poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Urbanus, Red Owl Review, Sozoryoku, Antares and many others. He often features music with his poems.

Darkling I listen, and For Many a Time ... and Other Imaginations, The Other Door Press (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Macabre Stories), 2005 - $15.00
Spirit Fire, Hawk & Whippoorwill (Poetry), 2003 - $10.00
Famous Wisconsin Authors, Badger Books/Waubesa Press (Non-Fiction), 2002 - $15.00
Howlin' Wolf! A Fan's History of the Highs and Lows During Five Stormy Years with the Madison Black Wolf, White Hawk Press (Non-Fiction: Baseball), 2002 - $15.00
Bourland, The Other Door Press (Novel of Dark Fantasy), 1999 - $15.00
Derne Runes, White Hawk Press (Poetry), 1996 - $8.00

These books are available from wordwiz4you and

I took a splash
in the creek.
The ground was wet
and the rock
to my wandering foot.

—James P. Roberts


Rhinoceros, hippopotamus,
Arteriosclerosis, hippocampus...
words alone do not make a poem.

We must get them started lumbering,
thudding in the wet mud of our minds.

Some words become extinct.
A passenger pigeon explodes in frenzy
leaving tiny black marks on white paper.

Giraffe, auk,
antelope, gazelle...
see the poem leap gracefully,
arc in air, bound above tall prairie grass

then shot down by a hunter/critic
who, standing triumphant over the dead form

did not see the rhinoceros
sneaking up behind.

—James P. Roberts