James Barrett Rodehaver
James Barrett Rodehaver, also known by his popular nickname, "Bear," is a 30 year old poet living in Dallas, Texas. An Alabama native, and lifelong poet, Bear is a prolific, engaging, eye-opening writer whose verses show levels of bravery, humor and depth that are far beyond his years. Born on life support, and going through three months in a coma as a baby, he rose like a phoenix in spite of doctor's claims. Enduring an incredible life of adversity, he has gone through many trials, such as growing up in a broken family, two foster homes, seven surgeries, (including open heart,) a divorce, coming out as bisexual, and dealing with his disability every day. He is supposed to be dead many times over. Bear has a very rare bone disease which gets progressively worse as he ages, and causes a number of debilitating symptoms, including complete hypothyroidism. Because of this, he looks and sounds years younger than he is, and must take external hormones; the paradox being that the bone disease makes him feel like an old man. He also suffers from mild right hand nerve damage. Because of his condition he has used canes, wheelchairs, and walkers at different times in his life. Nowadays, he walks with a cane most of the time. His passion and perseverance is a testament to his willpower, and courage. He has written poetry since he was seven years old, and it is his life. Now a full-grown man, and a fully developed poet, he spends his time reading, writing poetry a lot, collecting books, watching his favorite shows on TV, as well as going to the movies and the theatre. He also enjoys hanging with his friends, singing karaoke, going to open mics in dallas, and (very) amateur photography. He loves many foods, but none more than seafood, as his mother's side of the family hails from Louisiana. He will try any food at least once. He loves great music, and has very eclectic music tastes, but none more than good ol' rock n' roll. Bear is a rocker at heart, loving classic rock, alternative rock, and any other good modern rock. He has lead an amazing and poetic life, and continues to share his legacy of love with his words.
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by James Barrett Rodehaver
This first collection of 112 passionate, raw, thought-provoking poems is just a small selection from the library that the brilliant, brutally honest and prolific poet James Barrett Rodehaver has written in his lifetime.
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