Then and Now: Poems (Hardback)James Cummins (author)
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His latest and most accomplished work is collected in Then & Now, which reflects the same inventiveness and wit evident in his earlier books, with a deepening of tone and spirit. The result is a collection of poems filled with feeling and with Cummins's signature anguished humor.
If the language of poetry is a way into a hall of mirrors of the self, it can be a way out, too. The voice that emerges in Then & Now is sane, imaginative, bemused, and sly, not only taking responsibility for the character of the writer put fully on display, but ironically and affectionately exploring how this process occurs.
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
"To say that Cummins's performance is spirited, even high-spirited, is not enough; we must say that it is inspired, and thereby feeds our cravings for knowledge, for delight."
"These poems... are possessed of the joy and sadness and humor that make James Cummins's work such a rare treat."
"What is remarkable is the poetry that floods through the cracks in Cummins's poker-faced facade, drenching his mock-narrative with timeless light and joy."