Letters to a Stranger: Poems
The searing collection, a cult favorite for decades, by the late Thomas James
I will last forever. I am not impatient--
Thomas James's Letters to a Stranger--originally published in 1973, shortly before James's suicide--has become one of the underground classics of contemporary poetry. In this new edition, with an introduction by Lucie Brock-Broido and four of James's poems never before published in book form, this fraught and moving masterpiece is at last available.
Letters to a Stranger is a new book in the Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series, edited by Mark Doty, dedicated to bringing essential books of contemporary American poetry back into print.
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Review: Letters to a Stranger: PoemsUser Review - Scott Wiggerman - Goodreads
Amazing collection--James' only--that brings to mind Plath and Sexton at their best. Yes, there's a tragic quality to the poems, but it doesn't interfere with their superb use of metaphor and imagery, which can actually be rather comic. This poet deserves a wider audience! Read full review
Review: Letters to a Stranger: PoemsUser Review - Michalle Gould - Goodreads
A beautiful book, read it. There are so many beautiful poems in the world but James' Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh XXI Dynasty is one of the only ones that have ever made me actually nearly cry. Read full review
Introduction by Lucie BrockBroido
The Chestnut Branch
Magdalene in the Garden
Letters to a Stranger