The Joy Addict

The Joy Addict

by James Harms


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The Joy Addict by James Harms

A reissuing of The Joy Addict, poems by James Harms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887485053
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2009
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

JAMES HARMS is the author of five books of poetry from Carnegie Mellon University Press, After West (2008), Freeways and Aqueducts (2004), Quarters (2001), The Joy Addict (1998, 2009), and Modern Ocean (1992), as well as a letterpress, limited edition volume, East of Avalon (2000) from Caddis Case Press. His poems, essays and short stories have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, Verse, The North American Review, Oxford American and many other literary journals; in addition, he is a contributing editor to West Branch.

Harms has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, fellowships from the West Virginia and Pennsylvania Arts Commissions, and three Pushcart Prizes. Since arriving at West Virginia University, he has been named a Benedum Distinguished Scholar, The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher, The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher (twice), and The Carnegie Foundation/CASE United State Teacher of the Year for West Virginia. He was the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at West Virginia University, where he is currently Professor of English; he also directs the MFA Program in Poetry at New England College. During the spring semester of 2008 he served as Poet in Residence at Bucknell University. Harms lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife Amanda, and their children.

Table of Contents

Field Trip to My First Time
Decadence: Newport Beach, California
20th Century Boy
Sick of Food
If All of Us Worry
From Now On
Close Your Eyes and Go to Heaven

The Tables on the Plaza
Reel around the Shadow
Theoretical Life
At the Rally to Protest
Mrs. Worthington
After Yes
Los Angeles

Autobiography as Slide Show
My Own Little Piece of Hollywood
Now that Stephen's Back
Tomorrow, We'll Dance in America
Fin de Siecle
The Friend Who Never Married
Wherever You Hang Your Head
From Ocean Park to Healdsburg

Mariner Without a Moon
As Always
East of Avalon
The Joy Addict


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Campbell McGrath

"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."

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