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David Budbill (born 1940, Cleveland, OH) is an American poet. He is the author of six books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, and dozens of essays, introductions, speeches, and book reviews. Zen Mountains/Zen Streets, an audio CD of his poetry, with the music of jazz bassist and composer William Parker, was released on the Boxholder Records label. He has also served as an occasional commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered[1]. He is the creator and editor of The Judevine Mountain Emailite: a Cyberzine: an On-Line and On-Going Journal of Politics and Opinion, which is available on his website [2]. In 2000, Budbill wrote the libretto for an opera, with music by composer Erik Nielsen, called A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine, which is based on two characters from the Judevine poems. A Fleeting Animal premiered in Vermont in October 2000 to rave reviews and packed houses. Among his prizes and honors are a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, and a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for fiction[3]. While We’ve Still Got Feet (Copper Canyon Press, 2005) is his latest collection of poems. Inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese reclusive poets, Budbill continues a discourse about his struggles living a simple life in a complex modern time. He lives in the mountains or northern Vermont with his wife, painter Lois Eby.


Selected works



  • ’’Barking Dog’’ (Barking Dog Press, 1968)
  • ’’The Chain Saw Dance’’ (Crow’s Mark Press, 1977; Countryman Press, 1983)
  • ’’From Down to the Village’’ (The Ark, 1981)
  • ’’Why I Came to Judevine’’ (White Pine Press, 1987)
  • ’’Judevine: The Complete Poems’’ (Chelsea Green, 1991, 1999)
  • ’’Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse’’ (Copper Canyon Press, 1999)
  • ’’While We’ve Stll Got Feet’’ (Copper Canyon Press, 2005)

Compact Disks

  • ’’Zen Mountains-Zen Streets: A Duet for Poet and Improvised Bass’’ (with bassist William Parker) (Boxholder Records, 1999)
  • ’’Songs for a Suffering World: A Prayer for Peace, a Protest Against War’’ (with bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake)(Boxholder Records, 2003)


  • ’’Mannequins’ Demise’’ (1965)
  • ’’Knucklehead Rides Again’’ (1966)
  • ’’Pulp Cutters’ Nativity’’ (Countryman Press, 1981)
  • ’’Judevine: The Play’’ (New American Play 2, Heinemann, 1990)
  • ’’Thingy World’’ (1991)
  • ’’Little Acts of Kindness: A Poem for Fourteen Voices and Blues Band’’ (1993)
  • ’’Two For Christmas’’ (1997)

Opera Librettos

  • ’’A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine’’ (with composer Erik Nielsen)(2000)


  • ’’The Judeville Mountain Emailite: An On-line and On-going Journal of Politics and Opinion

Short stories

  • ’’Snowshoe Trek to Otter River’’ (The Dial Press, 1976; Onion River Press, 2005)


  • ’’The Bones on Black Spruce Mountain’’ (The Dial Press, 1978; Onion River Press, 2004)

Children’s Books

  • ’’Christmas Tree Farm’’ (Macmillan, 1974)

Edited Volumes

  • ’’Danvis Tales: Selected Stories by Rowland E. Robinson’’ (University Press of New England, 1995)



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