James Scoles is the author of the poetry collection The Trailer (Signature Editions), featuring his CBC Poetry Prize-winning title poem and signature wit. His short stories are featured in Coming Attractions 13 (Oberon Press).
“With wit and memorable precision, The Trailer takes a setting which is not familiar to poetry, adopts its argot, houses it within a firm structural base and elegantly chronicles the pain inherent in the concept of ‘success.’ Each quatrain expresses the fullness of an individual life, and indicates not just the conscious suffering of the speaker, but the ways in which class-orientated discrimination denies the subjectivity of the individual.”
NEW POETRY FORTHCOMING--EVENT & GRAIN MAGAZINES--SUMMER 2022 NEW INTERVIEW--on writing and The Trailer with Toronto poet and blogger Rob McLennan--https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2022/02/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_0456779004.html NEW EVENT & VIDEO--Featured Poet--Speaking Crow--Winnipeg's Longest-Running Open Mic (Tuesday, Oct. 5th)--watch & listen to James read poetry from The Trailer & his new collection, The Stone Roses of Sarajevo: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingCrow/videos/1293182614444993/ Watch the official trailer for The Trailer: http://www.signature-editions.com/index.php/books/single_title/the_trailer Watch the recorded live launch: http://www.signature-editions.com/index.php/books/single_title/the_trailer Lori Cayer, James Scoles, and Caroline Wong with host Charlene Diehl, for the Voices in Verse: Spring 2021 Poetry Book Launch. News: April 18 - 28: The Trailer makes McNally Robinson--Winnipeg Bestsellers List! "James Scoles spent a decade travelling before he began to write seriously. He can be savage or hilarious as the mood takes him... bright and brash... loving and tender... powered by excellently odd dialogue and loving observations of snowbird trailer parks. Did I mention tequila, whiskey, vodka, beer? His stories are an education in alcohol and bonding or lack thereof." Mark Anthony Jarman Award-winning author of Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, Dancing Nightly in the Tavern, Salvage King Ya! and Ireland's Eye, among others.
As they explore love and life balanced on the edge of a city, in a mobile home perched precariously, metaphorically on the fringe of society, the poems in The Trailer dig past the daily detritus of the lover’s world of tin-walled hope and melamine dreams to reveal humour, beauty, and joy.