Today's poem is "Earthbound"
from Exhibit of Forking Paths

Coffee House Press

James Grinwis is the founding editor of Bateau Press and the author of Exhibit of Forking Paths and The City from Nome. He has been published in American Poetry Review, Columbia, Black Warror Review, Quick Fiction, and Third Coast. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children.

Other poems by James Grinwis in Verse Daily:
May 6, 2011:   "My Flimsy Crew" "They’re in the boat and the boat..."
April 4, 2007:   "Climograph" " To be a valley inside walls...."
September 3, 2005:   "Scabland" "An ointment jar glistens on the plain..."
November 24, 2002:  Restlessness "My daughter comes to the field..."

Books by James Grinwis:

Other poems on the web by James Grinwis:
"There Were Women In Black Dresses"
Three poems
Two poems
"A New Alchemy"
"Exhibit of Forking Paths"
"The Study of Small Words"
Four poems
Two poems
Three poems
"Days that Stepped on a Porcupine"
"Butterflies with Teeth"

About Exhibit of Forking Paths:

"Words are squeezed into usage that had no right to be there—nouns, verbs, who cares what they once were? There is something illuminating at the core of this book, something bright and burning we can carry with us wherever we go."
—James Tate

"In James Grinwis’ Exhibit, exuberance and restraint live side by side as the poet moves surface to interior and back again in a reconnaissance mission to find out what holds its identity at bay and what holds its identity inside itself like ‘a bigger stone / inside the smaller one’ or ‘a cloud empty of another cloud.’ By turns definition, transformation, hermeneutics, these poems make me revisit the scenes of my worlds, doubled and forked."
—Eleni Sikelianos

"James Grinwis is a poet of felt imagination and originality. His poems wander happily through landscapes and locations that at first appear slightly abstract, and then find resolve in exciting particularities of language—language that is continually sensitive to origins, images, and inviting juxtapositions. An exciting and utterly remarkable book."
—Michael Burkard

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