collected poetry works by Sean Dart


You Are The Place is the debut collection of poems from Sean Dart that investigates the dynamic relationship between people, the space that we inhabit and the place that we make together. Each poem uses innovative design, structure, and cadence to create a kind of philosophical dialogue that traces the paths made from everyday exchange. Meditating on the physical, emotional and spiritual interplay between self and others, You Are The Place treats the resulting questions and answers with equal parts reverence, humor, and enthusiastic confusion. As a cohesive work, You Are The Place is an honest, vulnerable conversation between love and light; one that starts and ends many times over—ultimately leading us to ourselves and each other—places both familiar and not.












Sean Dart began writing poetry in Bend, Oregon, while in elementary school. For fun, he’d twist the lyrics of Blink-182 and Kanye West to make his brother laugh. From there, poetry was a natural progression and began to offer itself as a way to assign language and cadence to abstract feelings.


Currently based in Portland, Oregon, Sean works as a tutor for students with documented learning disabilities. His work reminds him that questions hold a tremendous power; the bravery to ask them, and the courage to parse or cobble their answers. This is a dynamic he aims to channel and shape into poetry.


He studied creative writing at Willamette University, where he was an All-American basketball player. The balletic motion of basketball informs his work, “I’m certain LeBron James writes poems on the court, and has forgotten more about poetry than I’ll will ever know.”


Sean is energized by the incredible work of contemporary poets, musicians and artists, and is humbled to be generating work at a time where language feels as alive and urgent as ever. For as long as he’s blessed to put words on the page, he will be aiming to draw from those who came before us in an effort to make for better futures; where questions are embraced, ideas are given light, and answers come just in time to keep us asking.



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