After I'm Dead, Will My Life Begin?
James Humphrey, Poets Alive Press, Charlotte, 1986; 95 pages
New poems written from his guts and heart that never slobber on the page. They are about pain, suffering, anger, love, loss, hope, humor and faith. Moving poems that go beyond self into something larger, something universal.
“Humphrey's poems—believe them. He knows that pain and suffering bloom like eternal flowers. He knows that trying is the one thing we have left.” –Charles Bukowski
“Humphrey's is the kind of poetry that means something, is so genuinely wrested from life that it hurts to read it.” –Fred Chappell