Donald Dunbar is the author of Safe Word (Gramma Poetry, 2017) and Eyelid Lick (Fence Modern Poets Series prize, 2012). Between 2008 and 2016 he hosted over 80 poetry readings as part of Portland, Oregon's If Not For Kidnap series which started in his living room. He's taught poetry at the college level for ten years, and has also taught preschool, swimming, Tae Kwon Do, and tutored in creativity skills. His poetry is concerned with the transmutations of consciousness at the personal and global scales.
A tremendous terror and thrill overcame me as I read these language explosions, harmonics, and tours de force— acts torqued out of the last century and dragged, high on diction, into this one.
Even [Donald Dunbar's] worst lines are better than the best of the best being produced in reputable poetry factories from here to nowhere fast [...] So read this. This is the future of American poetry right now.
Donald glitzes up the abyss with the browsing contrary shapes of these momentary incandescences, obscenely attractive strangers keeping a soft focus on the scalpel.
Reading Donald Dunbar is like getting high with Rosie from The Jetsons while a cosmic Facebook feed scrolls by outside the window. His voice is unique among modern voices— simultaneously crisp and cloudy, like a day.