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Stories & Poems

by James Longstaff
Publication Date: 27/11/2013
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In Wapsipinicon (wop-suh-PIN-uh-kun) James Longstaff takes us from the Kona Coast of Hawaii to St. Petersburg, Russia by way of America's Upper Midwest, Chicago, the Great Lakes and Canada. On fishing boats, sailboats, motorcycles, forgotten trains, jazz riffs and trout streams, these stories and poems explore the country between adolescence and last chances. Among this collection is work nominated for a Pushcart Prize and an Awards Poem recognition from Plainsongs. "James Longstaff's is a double-barreled talent. In the short story or in the sterner precincts of poetry, he delivers well-wrought, closely observed meditations on life. Approach with confidence, reader. You're in capable hands." -Robert Lacy, author of The Natural Father. "Longstaff's poems are deeply and convincingly inhabited and rich in imagery. A poet of elemental occasions, he makes us feel the rush of a johnboat skimming a river, or of celebrating a wedding anniversary by the way in which wood has been improved by turning into paper. Humorous or rueful, Longstaff's always accessible poems bring us back, as the best of poems do, for future reading." -Charles Martin. "In stories and poems, Jim Longstaff knows how to help the reader slow down and savor language, with a clipped, inventive rhythm to everything he writes. So best to read him out loud - to hear his intentions. Longstaff makes you hear again the medley, not out in the world, but in you. Praise be for this debut collection." - J.P. White, author of Every Boat Turns South
Short stories
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Outskirts Press
Country of origin:
United States
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