Verse

My signed copy of Derek Walcott's Omeros
Signed copy of Omeros by Derek Walcott, given to me when I was his pupil in Boston in 1992.

First published in magazine form at the age of 19, I have now published more than 175 pieces of verse in outlets such as Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Critical Quarterly, AGNI (USA), The Boston Review (USA), The Fiddlehead (Canada), The Rochford Street Review (Australia) and many others.

My work has been included in anthologies such as Faber and Faber’s First Pressings (1998); Live Canon (Greenwich Theatre, London UK, 2014), #1 Anthology (Vanguard Editions, London UK, 2014) and Against Rape (Peony Moon, South Africa, 2014)

I have been invited to read from my work in Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Dublin and across the UK. To book readings, please use the Contact page.

Please see the Shop page for a full list of my books of poetry, including rarities.

Samples:

Adobe PDF file icon 256x256“Thalassa” (The Times Literary Supplement, 2001; #1 Anthology, Vanguard, 2014)
Adobe PDF file icon 256x256“Solzhenitsyn in Vermont” (The Eyewear Review, US/UK, 2018)
Adobe PDF file icon 256x256“Vinyl Night” (The North, UK, 2015)
Adobe PDF file icon 256x256“Afternoon Nap” (The South-West Review, USA, Poem of the Day on “poems.com”, 2009)
Adobe PDF file icon 256x256“Aeneas in the Twenty-First Century” (The Interpreter’s House, UK, 2017; Prairie Fire, Canada, 2018)

James Reading in London England
James reading in London, UK, in 2014.