Schwartz Releases New Book

“Arrival and Departure” Now Available on

schwartzJames Schwartz, author of “The Literary Party:  Growing Up Gay and Amish,” has released a new compilation of poems, his first full length poetry collection since The Literary Party (inGroup Press, 2011).

James Schwartz is a poet and slam performer striving for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with common gay wordplay and elements.  Schwartz’s poetry/slam material dialogues of GLBTQ issues and affirmations of gay (night) life and love.

Schwartz’s new book is part travelogue, part topical poetry and includes new works and selections published by Poetry24, Politiku, The New Verse News, Babel Journal, Nostrovia! Poetry, Seven  by Twenty and piecejournal 2011-2014.

Topical poems range from Occupy Wall Street to Amish beard cutting to Ukraine and Libya.Schwartz_new_book_cover

Also included are selections from FourPlay #12:  “Alpine Suite” and FourPlay #14:  “Poetry 4 Food 2) (Writing Knights Press, 2013).

“Arrival and Departure” is now available on


Excerpts from the book:

Morning in Michigan

His stubbed jaw in the dawn. His sleepy, knowing smirk. Empty bottles, echoes of laughter. Pinnacle and piercing positions. The sounds of humming vending machines and maids. Drift down dim hallways. Outside semis lumber onto I80/90. Factory workers and farmers breakfast. Alone, driving home. Drive-through coffee, and miles to go.

Christ in Ukraine

Out of the closet, into the street. Vladimir Putin is coming for you. Tonight Christ walks in Ukraine. Tonight revolution after the rain. My lover’s ass shifts under his jeans. Resolution in his gaze. He is so fine in the candle-light. My savior with his whiskey breath. Behind his balaclava.

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