"Jim Reese ... He's our Mark Twain of this century ... Jim writes about the everyday experience, and he, in my view, is therefore America's poet."
—Grace Cavalieri, from the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress

"We call it the heartland but we seldom drop by for a visit. Jim Reese catches the dying fire of the small town wasteland that staggers on with meth, desire, and neglect. These loving poems open the door to the real little house on the prairie. Time to step inside and finally have one honest moment with the forgotten center of our people."
— Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields

Other Books by Jim Reese


ghost on 3rd

New York Quarterly Books 2010 Jim Reese's newest collection, ghost on 3rd is riddled with love, latent violence, humor, and prison life. Critics who said… Read More


A Harvest of Words

Contemporary South Dakota Poetry Edited by Patrick Hicks For the very first time, some of South Dakota's best poets have been gathered together into one… Read More


4PM Count

Jim Reese is one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the Arts Endowment’s interagency initiative with Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau… Read More