James Whitehead's third volume of poetry, Near at Hand, is a compelling collection of meditative and narrative poems. A master at weaving colloquial language into polished lines, Whitehead always evokes a sense of place in his poems. They are peopled by vivid, authentic characters - a district attorney, a judge, a country music star, a college traveler, the poet himself, among others. Herein are love poems, elegies, satires, and poems that reckon with the question of God. There is obsession and humor and dread, and there is also joy.
James Whitehead is the author of two other books of poetry, Domains and Local Men, as well as a novel, Joiner. He is co-founder of the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches. He has been a recipient of the Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry and the Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.