Charms Against Lightning (Paperback)

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James Arthur's first full length collection of poetry reads like an X-Ray, making flesh invisible so all the inside bits can be seen so clearly that you'd almost wish not to have seen at all. He writes of a very specific time of early adulthood, the coming to terms with a past weighing heavy so that forward momentum can take hold. Encompassing emotions and actions that aren't always so virtuous or characteristically poetic, I appreciate that Arthur's narrative voice isn't afraid to admit failings of character in order to grow past them. Composed over long walks and endless recitations, Arthur's poems achieve an unvarnished honesty, not a hint of pretense. That in and of itself is an accomplishment, but thankfully, also, the poems are just that good.

— From Cory


James Arthur is among the most intriguing young poets writing today--a world traveler who composes poems entirely in his head

About the Author

James Arthur: James Arthur's poems have appeared in "The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, " and "Narrative, " among others. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Canada, he received a BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, an MA from the University of New Brunswick, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781556593871
ISBN-10: 1556593872
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2012
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Lannan Literary Selections