- Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Carnegie Mellon; 01 edition (April 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887485057
- ISBN-13: 978-0887485053
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,576,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Joy Addict (Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry) 01st Edition
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"At the noisy fiesta of contemporary American poetry, James Harms refuses to speak in tongues, wear a goofy hat, or drink upside down tequila shots. . . . His coolly meditative poems offer up smart and lyrical commentaries upon contemporary social scenes, and manage to make large points without ever raising their voices." (Campbell McGrath)
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Who could forget the image in "Sky" as an adult and a child dance on a tree stump? "There will be room enough to dance with one so small/ And when she asks how tall it was/ the bluegum eucalyptus that held and hid/ the stars I looked for from my/ bedroom window, and caught the few that fell,/ it will be easy enough just to point/ to a particular spot in the sky."
Jim talks about our attachment to nature, and the way that nature saves us. The tree catches the falling star like a shepherd going after the lost lamb. Jim's poetry also offers strong contrasts. Even in the midst of the desolation and ruin of a shanty town in "Reel around the Shadow," there is "an insomniac hosing his pansies on a fire escape," and the angels on the roof are never very far away.