Publication Date: January 2014ISBN: 978-1-62557-920-1
“The lean, striped shadow waiting against the stairwell” fetches up at “a bed and breakfast serving no breakfast.” A cool breeze stirs in these restive, sometimes dark, sometimes funny poems as their lines click into place, always a place other than the one you were expecting. Reidel's is a wry, ultimately generous voice that will surprise your listening."
James Reidel is a poet, translator, editor, and biographer. Over the years, Reidel has published poems inThe New Yorker, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Verse, The New Criterion, Ploughshares, Conjunctions, DMQ Review, The Adirondack Review, and The Battersea Review. Black Lawrence Press brought out his first collection of verse, My Window Seat for Arlena Twigg, in 2006, and, more recently, his new chapbook, Jim’s Book (2013), which marks Reidel’s time as the writer-in-resident at the James Merrill House fellow in Stonington, Connecticut.
James Reidel is also the author of Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), the definitive and only biography of Kees. Reidel’s translation works includes Thomas Bernhard’s poetry cycles, In Hora Mortis and Under the Iron of the Moon, which was published as a single volume by Princeton University Press and was later selected by PEN as one of its 2007 translation prize finalists. Other translations from the German include two novels of Franz Werfel, Pale Blue Ink in a Lady’s Handand a newly revised and expanded edition of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (both David R. Godine, 2012), for which Reidel received an NEA translation fellowship in 2009. James Reidel is married to the potter M. Lori Reidel. They have three sons and currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.