JAMES REIDEL has published poems in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Verse, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, Conjunctions, and other journals since the mid-1980s. He is the author of Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees, which was published in 2003 by the University of Nebraska Press. His translation of two of Thomas Bernhard's poetry cycles, In Hora Mortis and Under the Iron of the Moon, was published as a single volume by Princeton University Press. His first collection of verse, My Window Seat for Arlena Twigg, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2006.
"My Window Seat For Arlena Twigg is as eccentric as its title. It is also brilliant -- poem after poem of compression and a rare, quirky intensity of feeling. This book is long overdue (he has been serving our literature in other ways) from a poet who has learned his trade, his craft, and makes his own indelible music."
“James Reidel’s debut collection is a marvel — partly because of the spare, unfussy elegance of his style, but more importantly because of an oddness of perception, a searching quality that makes these wry and bittersweet poems resemble those of almost no one else. Few first books of poetry possess this degree of confidence and maturity of vision.”
Mr. Reidel and his Gitanes
Contemporary Literature & Non-Fiction
ISBN 0-9768993-4-5 $14.00