after attending Tulane University, moved to London in the mid-60s and edited the legendary magazine New Worlds. Author of the much acclaimed Lew Griffin novels, his shorter work continues to be publis...
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Poems by James Sallis
Slightly surrealistic, meditative, elegiac, this collection of
poetry from author James Sallis is concerned with aging,
relationships, loss, and love. It is poetry written and read late at
night and in the early morning hours, when, sleepless, we think
about life and what went wrong. Sallis is a noir genre mystery
writer and the feeling of that genre is evident here-despair that is
occasionally surprised by joy. For these poems are not dark and
depressing, despite the subject matter; they are suffused with
happiness, with the celebration of everyday events. They are the
reflections of an author in full command of the language, who fully
recognizes life's triumphs as well as life's
We pass on the
and do not recognize one another.
We sit side by
side at a bar
talking for hours, saying nothing.
want a refill, hon? asks
the waitress in her pocket-sprung
Beautiful day, this old poem of mine
tells me as
we walk by the river.
Out on a wide belt of
boats eclipse one another.
I have no idea what
he's talking about.
124 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", November 2000