Flamenco at the Thirsty Bear. Jim Gunshinan

About Jim Gunshinan

 • The Artificial Heart
 • Heroes
 • Geography Lessons
 • Blue Cornflowers
 • Living by Water
 • Upon This Rock
 • The Man Dad Brought
    Home from the War
 • Physics
 • Black and White
 • Not the Mom We Were
    Used To
 • Nothing Sacred
 • Spring
 • Transformation
 • Please Straighten That Up
 • Up from Depression
 • What the Body Wants
 • Compassion
 • Commute
 • Kiss Me
 • Starter Castles
 • Flamenco at the Thirsty
 • A Nature Poem
 • Portrait of a Woman from
   the Gardens of Egypt in the
   First Century



About Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is a science and religion writer and the editor of Home Energy Magazine in Berkeley, California. The magazine covers green homebuilding and renovation for an audience of home-performance professionals. He holds a master’s degree in bioengineering from Penn State and a master of divinity from Notre Dame. Ordained in the Catholic Church in 1989, he ministered in a parish and at a small liberal arts college in South Bend, Indiana, and began the process of laicization in 1999. This is his first full collection of poems. He is married to Michele Nikoloff and lives in Walnut Creek, California.

“What the Body Wants” appears in an anthology of poetry and essays by the same name, published by Wood Lake Publishing, Inc. in 2004. The poem is also the title of a chapbook published by Wordrunner in 1999. Also, the poem is included in a program guide for Capacitor, an organization that works with victims of torture in Central America. This is his proudest achievement.

“Compassion” appears in the Squaw Review 2008.

Praise for the Poems

“Jim Gunshinan’s poems about leaving the priesthood, about American boyhood and manhood, love and death, are openhearted and wry and honest—a soul’s journey readers are invited to follow. In one poem he asserts that ‘the dying, and those who suffer / should have a witness.’ So, too, should the living who struggle to get to a place of peace, who find themselves, at last, as Gunshinan does, awake in the presence of grace.”
                                             —Kim Addonizio