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Charms Against Lightning (Lannan Literary Selections)


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"That feeling of becoming a new person in a different place, even if it's an illusion, is intoxicating to me, and always has been. I love writing about places, but only places where I don't belong." — James Arthur

Awakening is the theme of this fiery debut about the "ghost world" of shadows and personae. A sense of history, politics, and place is an integrated and integral part of the whole, alive with stirring accounts of travel, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. Romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook, James Arthur writes exciting, rhythmical, elastic poems.

"Charms against Lightning"

Against meningitis and poisoned milk,

flash floods and heartwreck, against daydreams

Against losing your fingers, drinking detergent,

earthquakes, baldness, divorce, against

falling in love with a child

Against lupus and lawsuits, lying stranded between nations,

against secrets and frostbite, the burring of trains

that never arrive

Against songlessness, your mother's depression,

the death of the cedars, Siberian crane

Against these talismans against lightning;

the shutters swing, and clack their yellow teeth;

the deep sky welters and the windows quiver


James Arthur is among the most intriguing young poets writing today — a world traveler who composes poems entirely in his head.

About the Author

James Arthur: James Arthurs poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and Narrative, among others. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Canada, he received a BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, an MA from the University of New Brunswick, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Arthur, James
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