James Andrews grew up in tiny Mt. Gilead, NC (pop.1200) and spent almost a lifetime in the theatre. He produced almost 300 shows, acted in over 100 and directed 80 more. He began writing poetry in his mid-teens and has passionately read and written it ever since. He lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina. more »
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James Andrews Poems
These are the things that press down upon the world. They are the semblances of rings around the moon. The howling dogs in barking circles
You sit alone like me Ice cream from Swenson's In your hand Siddhartha in your lap
I stop the car behind the church. Hear the fan, my ticking engine cooling Comforts, fills the alternate of silence.
Six miles of footpaths Field, riverbank, dell, forest. Cumulous and blinding blue. The only sound the distant hum
Drawn lines amongst the willows dripping, Shadows of the morning, Sight set upon the evening star, He gazes at the solstice moon,
Becalmed, the doldrums bear down frowning. Hull fouled by weeds, persistent barnacles. The ship is steadfast in her silence, The light alone enough to shatter us.
Pittsboro Road (Mature)
Once we found a solace in our nakedness And wore our bright bare skins Like standards held above advancing armies
The light has traveled for all time And now its journey ended refracts and splinters in the atmosphere Then splits and hurls itself toward all we far flung tribes Draws us past our unwatched borders on the edges of the day
I know I've been here in this afternoon 4: 10 P.M. Like lubricated clockworks in a perpetual machine My life returns to this brown earth blue sky
A camera panning Reveals the wrecks of ships, The fleets of Japanese Twisted in oblivion.
Greensboro Street (Mature)
At last The yawning late night conversation ended. Silence surged and widened over us like sleep. Your roommates knew we wished them gone
From pots of glue and sheets of muslin, Bamboo ribs, I build a frame of wings And strap them to my arms and chest.
Mayan Cave, The Yucatan
The day had been hot. The buses on the main route Spinning out comet tails of dust,
The waltz begins And partners are exchanged The dancers float across the ballroom
Comments about James Andrews
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
Edgar Allan Poe
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These are the things that press down upon the world.
They are the semblances of rings around the moon.
The howling dogs in barking circles
Prowl the dim dark yards.
Crystals holding high upon the winter light,
Betray a stranger's footprints
Creeping low beneath our windowsills.
They are so light and small
In their approaching.
Strange and hushing deep.
They are the many travelers
Who brush against
Our yawning fresh faced houses.
After dreams hold out rescinded
Their footprints stay,
Embedded in the frost.