The 5¢ Poem

James Humphrey, Cardinal Press, Cincinnatti, 1981, chapbook

“James Humphrey is a courageous survivor who must be read to better understand the complexities of our lives.” –Robert Creeley

“Humphrey is a poet of considerable gift and accomplishment, who has persevered in his work despite obstacles and hardships which would have overcome almost anyone else.” –Donald Hall

“James Humphrey is a gifted poet and teacher. At his best, his poetry is marked by an unusual, direct sense of experience. Brought up in a shocking life of parental mishandling and frequent poverty, he is a rare survivor as is mirrored in his work. His poems reflect the range of his unique experience often with moving power and an understated, succinct gift of expression.” –James Schevill


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