January 5th, 2017
James Reese is a poet who keeps American tradition alive with humor and insight. He’s born and bred, teaches in the Great Plains, and captures the every-day with eloquence. I love the stories of his in-laws, children, wife, and students. They’re people that make us feel great, especially now that our country’s family album is tattered for lack of compassion. It’s a true gift to capture the hearts of people, turn them to language, and honor their identities so they’ll last longer than the author. This is called “preserving the beloved,” and the dramatic monologue is Reese’s way. He’s taught many federal prisoners to work past barbed wire to receivecollege degrees. He’s a poetry keepsake.
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