Synkroniciti is pleased to welcome back poet D.R. James, who won the “Ritual” contest in our last issue and was a Featured Reader at our March Soirée. Our “Flow” issue features four of his delightfully astute poems. “Mobius Trip” argues the advantage of being small in the face of eternity, while “EKG Whiz” is an irreverent paean to that muscular organ that keeps us alive and present, the heart. Continuing in similar vein, “If Hearts Know Best” contemplates that heart, a pump operating at 60% productivity, and wonders if other elements of our lives would behind from that kind of “inefficiency.” Rounding out the group is “if god were gentle,” which is an implicit lament for most of humanity, who insist that the divine be a dangerous conqueror when we might encounter eternity quite differently. D.R. has a marvelous way of quietly turning our expectations upside-down and sending us away in good humor to ponder our own existence. His forms are clean and clear, sparkling with wit and a gentlemanly sass.
Read D.R.’s ingenious poetry in the new issue of Synkroniciti, “Flow.” You can subscribe or purchase the issue here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/.
D. R. James’s latest of ten collections are Mobius Trip and Flip Requiem (Dos Madres Press, 2021, 2020), and his prose and poems have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and journals. Recently retired from college teaching, James lives with his wife in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan.
From our “Ritual” Issue, here’s a little taste of D.R.’s poetry, the sweet “Love Buzz–for Suzy.”