Joyce James has honed her poet's voice to a keen edge in this collection of her work. Her evocative poetry haunts the heart and imagination. Her work is lauded by Seamus Heaney, Editor of the 1984 Special Poetry Issue of Ploughshares who selected "Wild Canaries on a Twenty-Mile Stretch of Highway" and "Catbirds" for publication in that volume. In his review of "Catbirds" Heaney wrote, "I think it's a lovely, pure, exultant yet wounded music and world that you conjure."
After Heaney read Ms. James’s poem, “The Wild Canaries on a Twenty-Mile Stretch of Highway,” at his Ploughshares reading, he spoke of the poem having special meaning for him.
Joyce James is often lost in search engines to James Joyce, and like the Irishman, she has a gift for metaphor in her writing. Compact and filled with emotional imagery, Joyce James's work sings, a lyrical trigger of melancholy, joy, and memory.
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About the Author
She received a B.S. in Education with a major in English and American Literature, and an M.A. in Literature and Literary Criticism from Northwest Missouri State University. She attended the writing program at University of Houston, earning her MFA with honors.
Ms. James has taught creative writing at the University of Houston, Rice University Continuing Education Studies, and Houston Community College.
Joyce James lives and writes in Houston, Texas.
Table of Contents
Wild Canaries on a Twenty-Mile Stretch of Highway; Nebraska Methodist Hospital; Her Photograph; Vigilance In Nodaway County; Never Dreaming He’d Have Two Daughters Die Before Him; The Bridge Over the Creek; Rainbow Dishes; She’s Only Dreaming; Intuition; Paying Respects; Mid-July; Red Emperor Tulips; In Absentia; Their Anniversary; Tumultuous Weather; We Took the Flowers to Father; The Bath; High School Sweethearts; Playing Pizzicato; Mrs. Stewart’s Concentrated Liquid Bluing; My Father’s Cows; The Journey; Fairfax Community Hospital; The American Character; Frank Field’s Weather Report; Memory’s Fragment; Every Saturday Night; Jubilant; Grocery Shopping; Wolf School; Raising Animals; On Christmas Day, 1989; Yellow Short Haired Tabby; Driver’s Ed; You Leave for the Office; The Day of the Trucks; Summer Journaling; Red Gloves; What the Bell Told; Threshing; Determined to Go Fishing; When School Is Out; Traveling North to Köln; Residing Next Door; Deer Season; Squatters; Burned to the Ground; Conversion at the Dome; The Rule of Participation; Ominous; Story Line; My Husband; The Lace School; Surveillance; Lies; There Are the Lilacs; Planting Trees in A Field My Father Dug Rocks From With His Own Hands; Eye Lashes That Blinked You Love Me; Gypsy Territory; The Autumn Moon; Black and White Snapshot; Visiting the Dickinson Homestead; Suffolk Ewes; Catbirds