James Niles

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Artist/Photographer/Violinist. In January 2004, Osteomyelitis devoured my spine, thus ending my music career. Music and art were always my way of expressing my joy and wonder at the world. Writing was my obsessive attempt to make sense of it.

Please view my website www.jamesnilesdesign.net. Some of my art and photography resides there. Find some of my poetry by visiting the Site Map page of the aforementioned website. The poetry link there works, or at least did.

James Niles Poems

Diogenes Enlists In The Revolutionary Army Of The Baby Jesus

There he was in what passed for dirty clothes,
the lamplighter poem blasting from a mouth full
of rock candy mountains He carried the lantern alight
in the light of day for journeys so long that they were

I Am Afraid Of My Nothingness

I am afraid of the ocean, not the
seashore with its magic gifts of shells
and sand-dollars or the bars and
nearness of sliding bodies on poles

Annie’s Predicament (A Letter)

Dear Annie,

Avedon, you look so much like him nowadays. I loved sharing the cherry phosphate at the soda fountain below Union Square. The paparazzi were so so very pretty, in their Calvin Kleins and Madoff muscle shirts.

In Search Of Coming Myth

T’was a small eatery, walls nautically enriched
with charts, a polished brass bell, at the kitchen port,
so bright., burnished to a gloss gong gleaming, glittering
with a mist of virgin olive oil and the

Gone, Gone Away

Not here no more gone
Laying down in fragrant hay
Kissing pretty girls

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