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Still Some Cake
James Cummins

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2012 • 120 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-545-9

A collection of poetry by James Cummins.

Cummins's quiet, lunatic meditations—wait, that should be luminous meditations—are great fun. From father-son stuff, and women grousing about that sentimentality, to killing someone in your basement, or turning into a locust, or imagining his wife's violent death, Cummins hasn't lost his touch. Though he does lose his hand in one of these. Maybe it should be numinous meditations? In various emergencies?

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Reviews / Endorsements

"James Cummins's Still Some Cake is filled with brilliant poems—'This Night of All Nights,' 'My Father's Hair,' 'The Greatest Generation,' 'The War of All Against All,' and 'Moses'—to name just some of the longer ones—written in an effortless, fluent style that presents surprises in almost every line. But the book transcends its individual poems, as its recurring obsessions—the burdens of the proximity of those closest to us, including ourselves—surface and resurface in the context of the family romance, history and war, the solitary, violent imagination, the narrative of the Bible—to create a fugue-like whole, by turns harrowing and exhilarating. Still Some Cake is one of the most powerful books in recent memory."—John Koethe

"Better than any American poet of his generation, Cummins, in a voice fierce, simple, and matter of fact, writes nakedly of men and violence, men and their fathers, men and their friends, men and the women and children they love. His command of formalism is still as impressive as it is unobtrusive, and with it he renders the self—that's all of us—and our human longing to speak our truth nakedly and to be whole. I read this book, and am astonished and graced."—Marilyn Krysl

JAMES CUMMINS was born in Ohio and grew up in the Midwest. He attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first book, The Whole Truth, a sequence of sestinas about the Perry Mason characters, was reissued in 2003 in the Classic Contemporary Series at Carnegie Mellon University Press. His other books include Portrait in a Spoon, Then & Now, and, co-authored with David Lehman, Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man, a collection of the poets' sestinas. He is curator of the Elliston Poetry Collection at the University of Cincinnati, and is married to the poet Maureen Bloomfield.

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