Winner of 2009 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.