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James Croal Jackson

James Croal Jackson's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, Glassworks, and other publications. He grew up in Akron, Ohio, spent a few years in Los Angeles, traveled the country in his Ford Fiesta, and now lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Find more at jimjakk.com.



James' Origami micro-chapbook & selected poems are available below.  Download the single-page micro-chapbook as a PDF by clicking the title.  To read the selected poem below, also click on the title.

Origami Micro-Chapbook 

Selected Poem(s)

the vacant hinge of a song

Cover: Night Swimming
by Lauri Burke

‘Utah Sandstone’ previously published
in Turk’s Head
Every Origami Micro-chapbook
may be printed, for free,
from this website.


I run from exceptional red.
Distance. Majestic arches. Loop-
de-loop of common want. Canyons,
or peace of mind. Say Zen. Say
Zion. Watch as wind-up forests
spiral from sand. Leaves whisper
to their coming branches in the vacant
hinge of a song. Don't they
still reach for you. The lonely hoodoos
eroded in failed embrace. Treble clef,
or trouble. No beats for the metered dream.
James Croal Jackson © 2016



in that gray cloudlessness
between cyan and cornflower,
our words became ice, steel
wings barreling to
the edge of escape

James Croal Jackson © 2016