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Description: "That feeling of becoming a new person in a different place, even if it's an illusion, is intoxicating to me, and always has been. I love writing about places, but only places where I don't belong."—James ArthurAwakening is the theme of this fiery debut about the "ghost world" of shadows and personae. A sense of history, politics, and place is an integrated and integral part of the whole, alive with stirring accounts of travel, intimate moments of solitude, and encounters with the ineffable. Romantic in spirit and contemporary in outlook, James Arthur writes exciting, rhythmical, elastic poems."Charms against Lightning"Against meningitis and poisoned milk,flash floods and heartwreck, against daydreamsAgainst losing your fingers, drinking detergent,earthquakes, baldness, divorce, againstfalling in love with a childAgainst lupus and lawsuits, lying stranded between nations,against secrets and frostbite, the burring of trainsthat never arriveAgainst songlessness, your mother's depression,the death of the cedars, Siberian craneAgainst these talismans against lightning;the shutters swing, and clack their yellow teeth;the deep sky welters and the windows quiverJames Arthur's poems have appeared inThe New Yorker,The New Republic,Poetry, andNarrative. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, he earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Washington. He is a recent recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.