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"That feeling of changing into a brand new individual in a distinct position, whether it's an phantasm, is intoxicating to me, and consistently has been. i like writing approximately areas, yet in simple terms locations the place I don't belong."—James Arthur

Awakening is the subject matter of this fiery debut in regards to the "ghost world" of shadows and personae. a feeling of heritage, politics, and position is an built-in and imperative a part of the total, alive with stirring money owed of go back and forth, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. Romantic in spirit and modern in outlook, James Arthur writes fascinating, rhythmical, elastic poems.

"Charms opposed to Lightning"

Against meningitis and poisoned milk,
flash floods and heartwreck, opposed to daydreams
Against wasting your palms, ingesting detergent,
earthquakes, baldness, divorce, against
falling in love with a child
Against lupus and court cases, mendacity stranded among nations,
against secrets and techniques and frostbite, the burring of trains
that by no means arrive
Against songlessness, your mother's depression,
the dying of the cedars, Siberian crane
Against those talismans opposed to lightning;
the shutters swing, and clack their yellow teeth;
the deep sky welters and the home windows quiver

James Arthur's poems have seemed within the New Yorker, the recent Republic, Poetry, and Narrative. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he earned levels from the college of Toronto, the college of latest Brunswick, and the college of Washington. he's a up to date recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton collage and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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"That feeling of turning into a brand new individual in a unique position, whether it's an phantasm, is intoxicating to me, and continually has been. i like writing approximately locations, yet in simple terms locations the place I don't belong. "—James Arthur

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Against those talismans opposed to lightning;
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the deep sky welters and the home windows quiver

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There may be an image whose mind has changed. Sorry, no rain checks in this scheme of things, the windows are broken and boards keep out the light, it’s the cheapest thing to do and then forget it, as has been done before, before, etc. Could you pick out of a lineup who is the culprit here? The mirror is one-way and there’s no way to be sure which side you’re on, but so what? Go on making faces anyway, but be sure, now and then, to check your hand before your face, if just to say Wheaties, the 34 best is yet to be.

Try finding a sunset through a simple gift of looking west. There can be too much light for your own good. Pace Pascal. Let someone close your eyes. Necessary, or so I’m told. That hand in front of your face, try it now. 40 “Come Live with Me” “A swan in the ice of its own disposition” The phrase is Giorgio’s The absence is my own difficult to detect as astral matter in the flux of disappearance. Did any of this happen and if so is there more to say? Yes. “From desire to mourning” Giorgio again guest of the rose ice block of metaphor dissociation from love’s signature renunciation by way of recovery.

The dumps of our artifacts bewilder them. They probe, not knowing what to expect from excess. They act out an experiment, a hairline calculation for survival: is the expenditure of energy to dig up carrots from the frozen ground more than their return in calories? Did you notice the price tag when the wine was poured, the cool chardonnay, the special cabernet, white and red absurdities of words? The motion lights are set to react outside the house but, tell me, did you see the clutter in the study, one would think!

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