James Reiss

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James Reiss is an American poet.


James Reiss (pronounced "Reese") grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City and in northern New Jersey. He earned his B.A. and his M.A. in English from the University of Chicago.

His poems have appeared in various magazines, including The Atlantic, Esquire, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate and Virginia Quarterly Review.

He has won grants from the Creative Artists Public Service Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts. the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He has received awards ... more »

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¿habla Usted Español?

¿Habla Usted Español?

The Spanish expression Cuando yo era muchacho
may be translated: when I was a boy,
as, for example, 'When I was a boy I wanted to be
a train driver, ' or 'When I was a boy I was completely unaware of the flimsy orchid of life.'
It is the kind of expression found in textbooks of the blue breeze
and is more useful than expressions like 'Please put the bananas on the table, Maria, '
or 'Take it easy is the motto of the happy-go-lucky Mexican.'
When I was a boy the sun was a horse.
When I was a boy I sang 'Rum and Coca-Cola.'
When I was a ...

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