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The first story I ever published, in 1992, was in the James White Review, a now defunct journal of stories and poems and essays by gay men I never knew who James White was until a couple months ago, when I heard the poet Mark Doty speak about him specifically, about going to the library where White s papers were housed These papers turned out to be one plastic box filled mostly with diaries Doty talked movingly about the experience of encountering these handwritten pages and realizing tha The first story I ever published, in 1992, was in the James White Review, a now defun I m so glad that Graywolf reprinted this I especially love the opening poem, An Ordinary Composure probably because I am partial to prose poems I also love the series of poems Gatherings, and Poems of Submission I suspect White s strengths are displayed best through resonance, a ripple of images and themes.Also, Doty was correct in choosing to quote the following lines in his introduction In this joyous season I know my heart won t dieas you and the milk pods open their centerslike a first sn I m so glad that Graywolf reprinted this I especially love the opening poem, An Ordinary Composure probably because I am partial to prose poems I also Unrestrained and direct while simultaneously multilayered and ambiguous, The Salt Ecstasies has certainly found it s way into my heart, like a xenomorph s blood through the floor of the Nostromo White s final collection of poetry is saturated in sadness and regret, one wonders how it doesn t drown in all it s melancholy each verse draws attention to the authors loneliness and longing, riffing on nostalgia for a decayed world of hookers, sailors and gay bars where many had long turned their bac Unrestrained and direct while simultaneously multilayered and ambiguous, The Salt Ecstasies has certainly found it s way into my heart, like a xenomorph s blood through the floor of the Nostromo White s final collection of poetry is saturated in sadness and regret, one wonders how it doesn t drown in all it s melancholy each verse draws attention to the authors lone There are places of sexual regret where touching another is simply loneliness being acted out I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Graywolf Press without any prior knowledge of James L White or his work It was something that, once started, demanded my attention In the same token, I was sad to finish this book An incredibly solitary, evocative group of poems, who s words literally made this reader ache This was no pity party you felt for White and his loneliness, but it never seemed petty or overbearing This was a well worn pain, one that was so artfully described tha I was lucky enough to win a copy o It was with a dour scowl that I first eyed a slim, musty, and altogether grim copy of James L White s The Salt Ecstasies I was juggling the rigors of professorship while completing my MFA, and White s was one of a dozen inter library loans most of which were rare and or out of print I needed to inhale upon arrival as part of my required coursework According to the card sleeved in its back cover, the book hadn t felt a reader s hands in years, and I bristled at being assigned a collection It was with a dour scowl that I first eyed a slim, musty, and altogether grim copy of James L White s The Salt Ecstasies I was juggling the rigors of professorship while completing my MFA, and White s was one of a dozen inter library loans most of which were r An interesting look into the life of an odd and entertaining man Poignant and honest look at sex, death, and culture. I won this on First Reads. (FREE PDF) Ë The Salt Ecstasies ⚶ The Powerful And Influential Last Poems Of An Unsung Master, Now Again Available, With A New Introduction By National Book Award Winner Mark DotyJames L White S The Salt Ecstasies Originally Published In , Shortly After White S Untimely Death Has Earned A Reputation For Its Artful And Explicit Expression Of Love And Desire In This New Edition, With An Introduction By Mark Doty And Previously Unpublished Works By White, His Invaluable Poetry Is Again Available Clear, Passionate, And Hard Earned The Salt Ecstasies Is A New Book In The Graywolf Poetry Re View Series, Edited By Doty, Dedicated To Bringing Essential Books Of Contemporary American Poetry Back Into Print