Three Pieces by Mike James

Some Fairies

“The fairy who appoints the stars.”—D.R. Wagner

The fairy who flies wingless, but straight
The fairy of snakes, black slithery real and joyfully metaphorical
The fairy of concrete nouns, tactile and restful
The fairy of backward numbers, which lead to sleep
The fairy of typos, unexpected messages
The fairy of old hubcaps, shiny at roadside
The fairy of abandonment, garments tossed to the breeze
The fairy of forgotten faces in boxes of photographs
The fairy of O, the world it opens
The fairy who daily trades her sparkling dust
The fairy who daily trades his sparkling dust
The fairy of Grace and Marlena and every proper name
The fairy of player pianos, in tune or not
The fairy of lamps lit in any night window
The fairy of discontinued spells
The fairy of second, third, and fourth chances
The fairy of lost keys

Summer Grammar

The ampersand loves to drive around in an old yellow convertible, top down, semicolon
in the passenger seat. The semicolon’s long brushable hair catches every bit of sunlight,
most of the wind.

Autobiography, In Brief

A guy with a glittery mouse collection and a tub of other people’s discarded shoes

Mike James makes his home outside Nashville, Tennessee. He has published in numerous magazines throughout the country in such places as Plainsongs, Gargoyle, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Chiron Review. His fifteen poetry collections include: Journeyman’s Suitcase (Luchador), Parades (Alien Buddha), Jumping Drawbridges in Technicolor (Blue Horse), First-Hand Accounts from Made-Up Places (Stubborn Mule), Crows in the Jukebox (Bottom Dog), My Favorite Houseguest (FutureCycle),and Peddler’s Blues (Main Street Rag). He served as an associate editor of The Kentucky Review and currently serves as an associate editor of Unbroken.

Image: “4th Street, Troy, NY” by Daniel Nester

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