Who: Bear Rodehaver
What: New Book Release: Strangely Wonderful (Penhall Publishing)
When: Saturday, August 24, 7:30 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. (OC)
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 was born on life support, and went through three months in a coma as a baby. He grew up in a broken family, two foster homes, seven surgeries, (including open heart,) a divorce, coming out as bisexual, and dealing with a bone disease disability, making him look and sound years younger than he is, and must take external hormones; the paradox being that the bone disease makes him feel like an old man.
Bear’s 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. His world view, though bitter at times, still remains that of a dreamer. He presents to us many faces, and yet, all of them are one: the revolutionary, the fighter, the witty and hilarious dirty-minded poet, and the sensual lover. His poetry shows us his true soul, and this impressive collection of his lets us in on a man of kindness, integrity and conscience