What Has Not Yet Left


Poems by James Crews

Publication: 2010
Pages: 40
Chapbook Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Chapbook, $6
ISBN: 978-0-9822489-7-3


2009 Winner of the Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Contest


An excerpt taken from the poem "The Arsonist's Wife Has Not Yet Left Him"

Nothing left to live for, the man told the reporters
and all of us, his neighbors, gathered around him.
He brushed ash from his face and looked back
at the bare, wet-black rafters of his new house
still smoking. You never forget this, he said, wiping
at the lines dragging soot down both cheeks.

James Crews was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Webster University where he studied with current Poet Laureate of Missouri and alien abduction-expert, David Clewell. He completed his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. James currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Most recently he was awarded the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry.