Unquiet Things: Poems (Goat Island Poetry)

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Grounded in wonder and fueled by an impulse to praise, the poems in James Davis May's debut collection, Unquiet Things, grapple with skepticism, violence, and death to generate lasting insights into the human experience. With compassion and humor, this second and final volume in Claudia Emerson's Goat Island Poets series exposes the unseen tragedies and rejoices in the small, surprising moments of grace in everyday life.
May's poems impart sincere astonishment at the natural world, where experiences of nature serve as "stand-ins, almost, / for grace." His poems seek to transcend cynicism, turning often to the landscapes of North Georgia, his native Pittsburgh, and eastern Europe, as well as to his literary forebears, for guidance. For the poet, no force propels that transcendence more powerfully than love: love for his wife and daughter, love for language, and love for the incomprehensible world that he inhabits. These stylistically varied poems are by turns conversational, earnest, self-deprecating, meditative, and often funny, whether they're discussing grand themes such as love and beauty, or more corporeal subjects like fever and food poisoning.
Lyrical and strange, tragic and amusing, Unquiet Things traces an experiential journey in the ordinary world, uncovering joys that span from the lingering memories of childhood to the losses and triumphs of adulthood.

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Originally from Pittsburgh, James Davis May now lives in the Georgia mountains. His poems have appeared in Five Points, the Missouri Review, New England Review, New Ohio Review, New Republic, Rattle, and The Southern Review, among others. He is married to poet Chelsea Rathburn.

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"Unquiet Things is not loud, but its poems are meant to disrupt the ordinary, to remind us that small moments add up to something much larger than the life-altering circumstances we fear or look forward to, that we measure our successes and failures by. We'll be rewarded if we pay close attention to these poems. But if we look away, "the miracle that may happen / [won't] happen."--American Microreviews & Interviews

''The late Pulitzer Prize-wining poet Claudia Emerson chose Unquiet Things as the second volume in her poetry series. Emerson's taste in poetry was impeccable and this collection is extraordinary: intimate and wide-ranging, sweet as air and tough as leather, humorous and deadly serious. I was stunned by it. I held my breath. Line after line is thoughtful, true, enlightening, tender, or terrifying. Jim May is very, very smart and--for a masterful moment--he locates a pinpoint balance between life and death."-- Kelly Cherry, author of The Life and Death of Poetry

"This is poetry of the quotidian. James Davis May knows how to distill verses from the ungracious, from the shapeless, suburban. We learn from Unquiet Things how modern alchemy works. We find here all kinds of small and big dramas, gaffes and mishaps, but also love--and after a while we understand that there's no alchemy without love." --Adam Zagajewski, author of Unseen Hand

"In a world of cynicism and irony, finding a poet like James Davis May, a poet who is still able to experience awe in his contact with the world, is a gift beyond measure.  James Davis May is a poet unafraid to face the large mysteries,unafraid to express sincerely his astonishment at things other people bypass every day without really noticing.  This is a book that will wake us up to the real world and the miracles therein.  This young writer is certain to become an important voice in American poetry. Unquiet Things rests comfortably among the finest 2 or 3 first books I've seen in the last twenty or so years. " --David Bottoms, author of We Almost Disappear

''Unquiet Things is the debut collection by James Davis May, a poet with prodigious powers of observation and description. . . . The clarity of May's writing and his self-deprecating honesty create an intriguing intimacy of the ordinary.''--Green Mountain Review

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