A poet, writer and internet radio presenter on www.phoenixfm.org in Australia, he is strives to find the balance between the common man and high culture. Log on to the website to get times for his show. It’s really remarkable to hear his rich baritone voice reading poetry, stories, and creative nonfiction. Get in touch with him and he may read some of your work.
His writing explores the themes, metaphors and imagery of the past using contemporary language, and more often than not, that language is of the average person on the street. Would you believe it? He’s a poet without pretense! His poem in the anthology is The Echo of You, and here’s an appetizer:
i scream in the depths of night
when I dream
when I came home late
no freshly brewed coffee.
the house a mess—
worse than usual
James is influenced heavily by William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Nietzsche, Plato, Rainer Maria Rilke, Allen Ginsberg and AD Hope. His poem for this anthology was highly commended by the coveted John Shaw Nielson Poetry Prize for the Fellowship of Australian Writers in 2009/10.
There’s still time to pre-order the anthology to read the rest of James’ poem and the other great writing we’ve put in.