Review of James Arthur’s Charms Against Lightning

Charms Against LightningCharms Against Lightning by James Arthur

My rating: 5 of 5 stars from GoodReads

I read the new first book shown here, from James Arthur as soon as I received it this week. There are amazing phrases and images in every poem. James startles you at every turn. Just as you think you know where the poem has landed you, you’re off in another direction. I will be reading it again next week, trying to decide which poem is my favourite. For now, though, I’ll just note the first one in the book, which is the title poem, Charms Against Lightning, the last one, Summer Song, and the one that appears on the back cover, Reed Ships.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English ISBN-10: 1556593872 ISBN-13: 978-1556593871

Samples of James’ poems are to be found here, where he’s featured this week as The Sunday Poet.…

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