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James Galvin
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James Galvin

X is a simple gesture and a multiplicity. It is both letter and number, and represents the mathematical unknown as well as the signature by which one is known. It is a palindrome, a location, a cancelation. X is the kiss, the embrace and the betrayal.

In James Galvin's sixth book of poems, X is also the map by which the poet marks new terrain. From the "vertigo of solitude" Galvin evokes a deep philosophical engagement with interior and exterior landscapes, asking simply, "What did I love that made me believe it would last?"

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"[X]... as in 'Ex-': 'Why was the last kiss May seventh / And so shy?' Such unanswerable questions, and the sad moments that take the place of replies, make this sixth book of poetry from Galvin both his most focused and his most affecting."—Publishers Weekly

"By exploring the multiple meanings of his book's title... Galvin helps us to understand disruption in our lives."—Library Journal

"Galvin deftly skirts the boundary between authenticity and mawkishness, and whether it's a nightingale crooning on a nearby windowsill or a case of the old heartbreak that's got him down, James Galvin's X yields some of the best poetry of his life."—January Magazine

"If Galvin were a painter, and his book X a canvas, it might be said that he possesses the rare ability to know the shape of his hidden subjects."

"Desolate as is the spot that James Galvin's X marks, at its best his sixth book of poems overflows with lyric gorgeousness—the recovered treasure... the poems are less in search of clues than they are given over to the task of mapping out—possessing—the terrain. That they do this with romantic intensity, linguistic inventiveness, and interrogative, riffing wit, only serves to foreground Galvin's complex, fine music."—The Antioch Review

"[Galvin's] ear for syntax and rhythm are so well-tuned, the language itself so sexy... so heartbreakingly lonesome... that the reader is moved... [Galvin] writes a poetry that is urgent and alive. Here is a poet who doesn't hide. He barely blinks—how can he? Through his gaze we see the world and, in perfect, simultaneous focus, the hook: sharp, vicious, lodged."—Court Green

"X: Poems gets to what counts with a musical urgency that is spot-on... What's so satisfying... is that it works as a cohesive whole with each poem a remnant or consequence of a catastrophic storm on the personal level... Galvin's trademark motif has long been rendering/philosophizing upon the distances associated with the Amercian West, especially Wyoming, but with this collection... distance becomes hauntingly personal... Galvin's dilemma, so lyrically-rendered, feathers into terrible beauty."Xantippe

"... there is a nightingale in Montana, perched on a windowsill somewhere around James Galvin's ranch and... he hears it loud and clear... James Galvin's X yields some of the best poetry of his life."— Magazine

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