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Comet Scar Paperback – January 4, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0887485466 ISBN-10: 0887485464 Edition: 1st

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Harms' poems display an amazing fidelity to the personal here and now, and at the same time to the national history and landscape. . . . I think of Larry Levis saying, "To follow my imagination is my only real duty." This Harms does beautifully in ways that touch off possibilities in our heads as we read. --The Charleston Gazette

In poem after poem, [Harms] shows the way we bridge the gaps between private mind and public world and move from alienation to connection. The poems' speakers reach, over and over again, to push us and themselves beyond disillusionment. --Willow Springs

James Harms' poems have always posited the dailiness of any revelation. . . . He wants to remind us that many of the grandest things available to us can be had for even the smallest gesture. --David St. John

Over the course of five books of poetry, James Harms has created a poetic that weds the personal and public and moves deftly from narrative to lyric, often blurring the lines between these modes. --Shara McCallum, The Antioch Review

He is a poet of the dramatic vignette, wonderfully able to conjure a scene, its characters, and its emotional and psychological aura so vividly that each poem become immediately indelible; on rereading, its situation comes rushing back virtually full-force. --Booklist

James Harms is one of the truly visionary and restless voices of our time. --Laura Kasischke


"James Harms' poems have always posited the dailiness of any revelation. . . . He wants to remind us that many of the grandest things available to us can be had for even the smallest gesture." (David St. John)

More About the Author

James Harms is the author of seven collections of poetry, Comet Scar, After West, Freeways and Aqueducts, Quarters, The Joy Addict and Modern Ocean (all published by Carnegie Mellon University Press), and What to Borrow, What to Steal (Marick Press), as well as a limited fine press edition, East of Avalon. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and fellowships from the West Virginia and Pennsylvania Arts Commissions. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The American Poetry Review, Oxford American, Quarterly West, Crazyhorse, West Branch, Verse, Shenandoah and many other journals. He was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at West Virginia University, where he is currently a Professor of English. James Harms lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with his family.

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