Poetry. "An unrepentant surrealist, James Cushing chisels his wizardry into a tool for tuning in, like a set of special specs... Imagine a voice with two kinds of eyes—one trained on the 'normal'; the other alert to the equally real, yet weirder, world we feel but may not see or say..."—Sarah Maclay
James Cushing retired in 2020 after thirty-five years teaching literature and creative writing in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he served as the community's poet laureate in 2008-2010. Cushing's poems have appeared widely and his collections include THE LENGTH OF AN AFTERNOON, UNDERCURRENT BLUES, PINOCCHIO'S REVOLUTION, THE MAGICIANS' UNION, and SOLACE, all from Cahuenga Press in Los Angeles. He lives in Hollywood with poet-painter Celeste Goyer, with whom he frequently collaborates; his daughter is the New York based poet Iris Cushing.