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A Ballerina and Her Father in Line at the Coffee Shop by Jim Reese

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Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His books include These Trespasses(The Backwaters Press, 2005), ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), and Really Happy! (New York Quarterly Books, 2014). A fourth collection, Dancing Room Only, is forthcoming by New York Quarterly Books in 2019. His first book of nonfiction, Bone Chalk, will be published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2019.

Reese’s awards include First Place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty College, and a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton. In 2017 Reese became a Contractual Education Instructor for the South Dakota Department of Corrections Writing for Reentry Program.


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2 thoughts on “A Ballerina and Her Father in Line at the Coffee Shop by Jim Reese Leave a comment

  1. My favorite lines are about Darla: “tired fingers / spinning the wand, pulling the shot, / drizzling the caramel into her signature / tulip.” Though she is tired now, the joy of creation survives in her routine.


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