John’s chapbook Breach Birth is now available from Propaganda Press. It marks his return to writing in 2009 after an eighteen-year hiatus, sliding into his new role as a poet after his previous self-image ruptured — after job security faded, after discovering he is effectively sterile, after being diagnosed with and treated for bipolar disorder — reborn as an artist in the same awkward fashion that marked his initial entry into this world. These poems chart the growth of an individual rediscovering his voice, giving birth to creative works even as he confronts his infertility, and obliquely reflecting upon the choices he has made during years of hypomania and depression. Moving forward though sometimes facing backwards, John has invested this collection with the energy of dreams refracted and redirected but no longer deferred.

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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