John Reinhart, father, poet, arsonist

writing sci-fi, horror, & experimental explorations about being human in a modern world

Awarded the Dark Poetry Scholarship from the Horror Writers Association, Reinhart's poems and short works have been published internationally in print and online. He has been nominated for the Rhysling Award for best science-fiction poem in the previous year and the Dwarf Stars Award for the best short sci-fi poem of the previous year. He has won the Poetry Nook weekly contest, which he now helps edit, seven times.

"Poetry opens floodgates of perception that are usually closed to purely intellectual examination. Just as quantum experimentation demonstrates that human observation can alter the results of an experiment, poetry holds a lens to the world - inner and outer - and applies the human component - that which deals fundamentally in love, the highest of all human aspirations - to phenomena we most often take for granted. By seeing an earthworm with our hearts, we can experience the world from its perspective. Poetry has the power to save us."

Reinhart's four books to date span a wide range of his work, ranging from dark sci-fi/horror to humorous scenes from his family life, to experimental word compositions, & more serious social commentary. Read interviews & reviews here and check out Reinhart's musical side, featuring traditional Texas style fiddle music.

encircled (Prolific Press, 2016) Reinhart has dedicated the 24 poems in "encircled" to all the people who encircle him, especially his wife and children, and the spark of recognition we share when we shake a stranger's hand. These narrative poems focus on his family, but also his friends, colleagues, neighbors, and students - the folks who make up his community. The poems range from short and humorous reflections on his daughter using the urinal at the amusement park, to ponderous soul searching about the child who died under suspicious circumstances across the street, the stories of dreams and loss, simple waves and deep connections that make up each of our daily lives. (from FeaturedPoet.com)

Read She Wants to Rewrite the Paper, which is included in this collection.

broken bottle of time (Alban Lake, 2017) Reinhart burst on the speculative poetry scene fairly recently, and what an explosion of talent! Herein you'll find a fine mix of sf/f/h and speculative poems. It's the stuff that makes you squirm or smile or pause to think. His is a mind that takes on all kinds of challenges and serves up some exceptional work. The last section is my favorite, with its uniquely surreal take on time passages. It totally blew me away. - Marge Simon, Bram Stoker Award winner, Grand Master Poet, SFPA

Read & listen to Reinhart's Rhysling nominated Butterflies of Traxl IV, published by Pedestal Magazine.

Horrific Punctuation (Tiger's Eye Press, 2017) Released as part of Tiger's Eye Press's Infinities Series, Horrific Punctuation highlights the intersection of Reinhart's English teaching (punctuation) & fascination with the dark underbelly of life. "Anyone will tell you, punctuation can be horrific. As an English teacher, I run across more horrific punctuation than the average Joe. This is both to be expected and ultimately positive: by failing we can begin to see alternatives, or by failing we can create unexpected unimagined beauty. School is a wonderfully safe place to fail, and I encourage my students to do so. A lot of my work focuses on speculative themes, so it was a natural progression to find myself writing horror and sci-fi poetry about teaching English. Actually, I find the semi-colon horrific in its nature, so that subjecting it to a slow roast while prodding it with mockery was joyful. Actually, so are parentheses, disgusting, unnecessary clutter marks. Actually,...best to stop before my cold war on punctuation gets hot."

Read more at Tiger's Eye Press's Poets on Poetry (scroll down a ways).

invert the helix (Pski's Porch, 2017) "In invert the helix, Reinhart's brilliant approach takes poetry beyond the line and into the labyrinth. His words are shape and color, layer and repetition. You don't read these poems; you experience them. Reaching the a-ha moment each one of them holds is a kinetic experience - his poems will move you in directions you don't expect, but are glad to discover." - Dianne Borsenik, publisher/editor at NightBallet Press

Some examples of work from this collection are available online at FishFood Magazine and read a kickass review at The Honeyed Quill.


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