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James R. Whitley combines richly-textured language with thoughtful introspection for a lyrical journey through heartbreak and loss into acceptance and healing. His poem "Chai Tea, Raw Sugar" once appeared in my magazine, WildViolet.net, and it embodies the center section, about a troubled relationship. Ultimately, the poems progress into hymns of hope, as in these lines from the last stanza of "Cantata No. 21": "And I'm thinking about the coming dawn and how, / despite the nagging hangover I'm s ...more