By John James
In poems as tautly constructed as they are trenchantly observed, Winter, Glossolalia probes the nature of language to depict the world from which it springs. Paired with humorous, often satirical images, this collection explores human ingenuity and creativity against the material resources of the given world, highlighting the possibilities and the limits of artistic making. In that sense, it is both a timely and enduring book, one that recalls Virgil’s Georgics as readily as it evokes the crisis of anthropogenic climate change.
John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and published in the United States by Milkweed Editions. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, PEN Poetry Series, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
"John James is a collage artist. He cuts and pastes, making neighbors of images across continents, across centuries." – Jane Zwart, Tupelo Quarterly
"James is a poet of staggering lyricism, intricate without ever obscuring his intent." – Shelf Awareness
“John James’s poems dig deep as he asks us to join him at the edge of his excavations, to see what he’s unearthed, and we can’t help but look until we see it too.” – Portland Book Review