Comet Scar


In Comet Scar, James Harms blends closely observed scenes from domestic life with meditations on music, film, politics, and society, intent on dissolving the membrane that separates the realms of culture and the quotidian.

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In Comet Scar, James Harms blends closely observed scenes from domestic life with meditations on music, film, politics, and society, intent on dissolving the membrane that separates the realms of culture and the quotidian.

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What People Are Saying

David St. John
"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."
Shara McCallum
"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."
"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."
Laura Kasischke
"James Harms is one of the truly visionary and restless voices of our time."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485466
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES HARMS is the author of seven previous books of poetry, including After West, published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2008. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, and the PEN/Revson Fellowship. He lives with his wife, Amanda Cobb, and their children in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he teaches at West Virginia University. He also directs the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College.

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Table of Contents

We Started Home, My Son and I
Boundary Rider
My Life in Art
Friday Rich/Saturday Poor
Or Two Cans Tied Together with String
Bar Talk
Song of Sand, Song of Sea, Song of Leaving, Song of Leaves
School Figures
Black Mule
Gypsy Hollow
The Clock
Making Up for Lost Time
March 17th
You the Overheard
Keep My Word

Antarctica Starts here
Cary Grant
So Long, Sunset Boulevard
The Shield (of Captain America)
Murmur R.E.M.
In Your Bright Ray
Lynda (Singing Chet Baker, 1988)
It's OK if He's a Girl
Lost and Through
Range Life
The Astronaut
Bachelor Kisses
Though Not about Him or for Him, a Poem Called Bill Murray
First Day of Spring (The Day My Eyes Came Back)
A Wooden Horse
Comet Scar
Lamp by Lamp

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