Poetry. James Cummins claims each of us carries around a small troupe of recalcitrant actors inside—jugglers, high wire walkers, strong men, clowns—that act out our own and others' foolishness and courage. With his usual dark sense of humor, plus a pinch of compassion, Cummins has gathered together under a big tent a number of these worthies for our entertainment. Here are some musings, tirades, taunts and love letters that taken together sound a lot like America these days. Although life can change in an instant from a Fellini movie to a Chabrol, or, heaven help us, a Tarantino, one thing is always certain: the show must go on.
James Cummins holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and has published six books of poems, the most recent of which is Still Some Cake from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2012. He's published poems in many journals, including Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Harper's, AGNI, Shenandoah, et al, and has had work appear in several anthologies, including the Oxford Book of American Poetry, edited by David Lehman, and 100 More, edited by Billy Collins. He's had poems selected for inclusion in five volumes of the Best American Poetry annual anthologies, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. Cummins taught film, literature, and creative writing at the University of Cincinnati for many years.Author City: CINCINNATI, OH USA