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The Milk Hours

The Milk Hours

Author: John James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2021

Winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Milk Hours is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss. We lived overlooking the walls overlooking the cemetery. So begins the title poem of this collection, whose recursive temporality is filled with living, grieving things, punctuated by an unseen world of roots, bodies, and concealed histories. Like a cemetery, too, The Milk Hours sets unlikely neighbors alongside each other: Hegel and Murakami, Melville and the Persian astronomer al-Sufi, enacting a transhistorical poetics even as it brims with intimacy. These are poems of frequent swerves and transformations, which never stray far from an engagement with science, geography, art, and aesthetics, nor from the dream logic that motivates their incessant investigations. While John James begins with the biographical-the haunting loss of a father in childhood, the exhausted hours of early fatherhood-the questions that emerge from his poetic synthesis are both timely and universal: what is it to be human in an era where nature and culture have fused? To live in a time of political and environmental upheaval, of both personal and public loss? How do we make meaning, and to whom-or what-do we turn, when such boundaries so radically collapse?

Sarments: New and Selected Poems

Sarments: New and Selected Poems

Author: John James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2018

This collection is an essential delight; a `book resonant of a life / neither following nor in pursuit', gathering old and new work all equally fresh. As the epigraph to the first poem attests, `one does not work out of a reaction against but rather out of affection for something.' Like Mayakovsky, John James has produced a body of work perfectly able to marry lyricism and coarseness, rage and tenderness - and, like the Futurist, to weld the aesthetic to the social. Here is that rarest poet: able to adequately respond to pleasure, and equally able to create it. The selection spans 50 years of work in all its subtlety of tone and address - a hybrid of a Welsh `praise' tradition, playfully mannered English reserve, and New York School exuberance. This is a poetry deftly attuned to various musics, overtly engaged with the visual arts, yet just as happy out in the streets at home and abroad - and more than partial to a walk in the countryside. The poems of the last decade are singular in their `reach toward the poetry of kindred / where we speak in our work as we seldom do otherwise.' Embrace this New and Selected James: here is an effervescent poetry that can leave nobody indifferent. -Simon Perril James is decidedly un-English in his love of French and German poetry, in his unembarrassed (and unembarrassing) celebration of the pleasures of the flesh, and in his Marxist and republican politics - which seem to legitimate a taste for the finer things on the grounds of international solidarity against a British suppression of the capacity for joy ... John James is one of the great sensualists of twentieth-century lyric poetry. -John Wilkinson

The Fourth Gwenevere

The Fourth Gwenevere

Author: John James, Caitlin Matthews, John Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Bestseller John James returns with this witty, serpentine novel, which weaves the Arthurian legends into the wider fabric of the struggle for Europe. Gwenevere, Arthur's Saxon wife, is a problem. As the dynastic cement between the British and the Saxons, her marriage to Arthur will result in a child that will unite both sides. At least, that would have been the plan, had the Great Duke Arthur not died and left the petty kings of Britain to squabble over his title. Only Morvran, Arthur's chief fixer, has the wit to see that the Fourth Gwenevere is the key to maintaining a crumbling peace. But when she is abducted, it seems that all hopes might disappear with her. For, in a world where swords and horses have names of honour, where poets speak as oracles of a shifting truth and the raiding of Saxon warriors is set to ruin Britain, perhaps it's only the Fourth Gwenevere herself who has the real solution? This edition contains bonus material!

Votan and Other Novels

Votan and Other Novels

Author: John James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2014

In the second century AD, a Greek nobleman is travelling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man's wife. When discovered, he takes an emergency business trip to save his life and packs amongst his belongings certain items that lead the people he encounters to think him a Norse God, a fortuitous point of view which he does little to dispel. Forced to keep up the pretence of being a god while staying one step ahead of his lover's jealous husband, Photinus must juggle the severity of his situation with the enjoyment of being a god. Published here with its sequel, NOT FOR ALL THE GOLD IN IRELAND and companion volume MEN WENT TO CATTREATH, VOTAN is one of the highpoints of modern fantasy.

Not For All The Gold In Ireland

Not For All The Gold In Ireland

Author: John James Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2014

The hard years on the Amber Road had changed Photinus the Greek. He had won a fortune and lost an eye and married various wives and become a God. His cousin Philebus had played the game of the pea and the three cups; now, reluctantly, Photinus - Votan - set off to retrieve the Deed of Monopoly to all the Gold of Ireland.Sequel to the remarkable VOTAN, NOT FOR ALL THE GOLD IN IRELAND continues the adventures of John James' reluctant hero Photinus. One of the forgotten classics of fantasy, the duology is ripe for rediscovery. Fans include Neil Gaiman, who has provided a new introduction to the Fantasy Masterwork collection.

Men Went To Cattraeth

Men Went To Cattraeth

Author: John James Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2014

The Battle of Cattreath is one of the great unknowns of early British history. A small band of men from the 'Old North' of Britain, the Gododdin, mount an audacious assault on the Angle stronghold of Cattreath. Most of the information we have comes from a single poem, the Y GODODDIN, and it is this that inspires John James' dark, powerful and original retelling of the attack. With stark prose and powerful description, James takes an almost-forgotten story and makes it real.

Votan

Votan

Author: John James Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2014

In the second century AD, a Greek nobleman is travelling and living abroad in Germany while carrying on an affair with a military man's wife. When discovered, he takes an emergency business trip to save his life and packs amongst his belongings certain items that lead the people he encounters to think him a Norse God, a fortuitous point of view which he does little to dispel. Forced to keep up the pretence of being a god while staying one step ahead of his lover's jealous husband, Photinus must juggle the severity of his situation with the enjoyment of being a God.

Vietnam Calling:  It's the National Guard for Me

Vietnam Calling: It's the National Guard for Me

Author: John James Format: eBook Release Date: 08/04/2014

This is a collection of the author's personal experiences after he faced a choice of being drafted into the U.S. Army or joining the National Guard Airborne (paratrooper) during the height of the Vietnam war. Choosing the later (under duress), he must leave the graduate school psychology program. He relates his humorous, sad, and ridiculous travails during the six months of active duty training, including Airborne school, and then the life of a "e;weekend warrior"e; for 5 1/2 years in his local National Guard unit. A bright spotlight from a very personal perspective is focused on the Vietnam war and the U.S. military, with many controversial questions raised about this tragic period in our history. Dr.John James (a pseudonym) is a retired clinical psychologist who has published journal articles and professional papers in the field of psychology. This is his second book. He lives in Northern California with his wife of 48 years. He has three grown children, and one granddaughter.

Universal Healing Manual

Universal Healing Manual

Author: John James Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2013

UNIVERSAL HEALING: is an Ancient, Angelic Distance Energy Healing System, Mainly For Internal, Self Healing And may be Used To Give hands on Healing; To Other People, You channel white, matter. And different types of matter.In this Universal Healing: you have control over this energy flow. It may be possible to slow this healing, it is not possible to stop it completely. The 1st level Attunment After this attunement: for the first three months you are not alone, call and I will send you free healing, and advice about universal healing; by text or email. The 1st level attunment will connect you to source, and allow a flow of light through you to take place. Once you are attuned, you will have control, over your own healing energy flow. This healing is on all the time; even if you are incapacitated. This energy will work constantly to regenerate your bodies physical systems. This flow at first will be felt, then in time you will not be a where of its flow, you will be used to it, when you have a pain in your body; instead of trying to ignore it, think about it: ask for the pain to stop; the pain will decrease. (Pain is a way the body lets you know, there is a problem area, you need to work on; sometimes long term problems, may take you time to find within you; what you need to work on to clear it) Think about the area, and it will receive healing. The 2nd level AttunmentOn this level you will be given tools of empowerment: These are diagrams of energy tools. Most off these special abilities you already have, and are unaware off: These tools will in time enhance the gifts within you. Each person has there own abilities, as you use these diagrams within your body, to heal your internal body systems, you will improve the manifestation part of your brain. This is the part of your brain that manifests your every day life, that allows you to walk through this play ground I call life path. Of course this process is not easy, but its fun. The Master Attunment This is the level you will be taught how to do the attunements: This is a simple process to teach you how to pass on this healing system to other people; the power within you has increased. The ability to regenerate tissue within you has increased, now your internal BA and KA channels are starting to increase in strength, and are used to heal your internal body systems with more efficiency. Channels: the main ones are the meridians: the KA channels and the fine BA channels, these flow through the immune system, and through the minute cell matrix systems; this is where most of the problems arise when the body starts to break down. In a domino effect through out the bodies physical Holographic matrix.All this is irrelevant because you don't need to know all this, to use this healing system. IE if you drive a car you only need to know how to drive it. There is no need to know, how to fix it, for this you call in an expert mechanic. Its the same for universal healing, to fix your self call in the angels and they will fix you. Most of your self healing, and expansion, and learning; has now taken place, from this point on, you will receive information and guidance: from me as an equal. The 2nd phase level This is an expansion of your physical and emotional awareness you will feel peace throughout your being, this expansion may be felt by every one around you, they may see the difference in you, as you gain more control over the environment around you.The Grand master Attunment This attunement will in time dispel completely the egos control over you, bringing you into balance. Allowing the I am Presence to shine through. Your peaceful light, may shine around you, for about 200 miles. (this is your aura)

In Search of the Unknown in Medieval Architecture

In Search of the Unknown in Medieval Architecture

Author: John James Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2007

John James is an Australian architect and medieval historian. Since 1969, he has been searching for the origins of the Gothic style, beginning with a five-year study of Chartres cathedral. At that time there were no coherent techniques for analysing the detailed construction history of existing stone structures. This he created. He expanded his research to include all the early Gothic churches in the Paris region with a three-year survey of over 3500 buildings. His most important discovery has been that all churches of this period were constructed in many short campaigns by mobile building teams, and that major innovation was more likely to occur in the smaller buildings than in the larger. This volume makes available 42 of the authors studies on the development of Gothic architecture in France.

The Great Field

The Great Field

Author: John James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2007