Thomas James died in January 1974, soon after his first and only book, Letters to A Stranger, was published by Houghton Mifflin. Because of his early death, very few poems apart from those in the 1973 edition exist. In 2008, Graywolf Press republished this long-underground favorite, with an extraordinary introduction by Lucie Brock-Broido, who, for almost three decades, strived to put his works back in print. The following poems turned up soon after the release of the Graywolf edition during my research at the Cornell University library. These three uncollected poems were published in the Autumn 1971 issue of Poetry Northwest, along with “Wooden Horse”, which appeared in Letters to a Stranger. My thanks to Jeff Shotts of Graywolf and Lucie Brock-Broido for their advice.
— Allan Popa
The Stone Season