James B. Nicola

stage director, composer, lyricist, acting coach,
and now .
 . . POET!

just released:

Review Excerpts

 Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018, $34.95)

[In] Out of Nothing, we truly have an extraordinary book: the sort of book you want to have in your collection, fabulous production values, stacked full with wonderful images of art... and with the poems to complement the images.... [T]his really is as good as it gets:... tremendous power, insight and existential tension of the first order.... The whole thing is a joy to have, hold and read.

—James Sale, Society of Classical Poets

[Nicola's] poetry is as alive as a performance.... extraordinary journeys... a keen, questing intelligence... exciting, tantalizing, and never boring... a lived experience, not a mere intellectual exercise... an easy and unabashed conversation with the spirit that animates art.

—B Amore, VIA

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Now available:

Wind in the Cave

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Wind in the Cave ... is a book of “electrical entertainments / smoldering anguishes / excruciating delights.” Nicola revels in the language of spurned, imagined, and reciprocated love, unflinchingly baring his heart.... But what I really enjoyed was Nicola’s ability to accurately describe the awkward moments in relationships that so many of us have experienced.... truly pleasurable poetry.... I admire artists who speak from the heart, and Nicola does this throughout  Wind in the Cave. It’s all there; jealousies, rivalries, heartache, and bliss. I encourage you to spend some time in the bloody interior of this poet’s heart.

—Benjamin Schmitt, At the Inkwell

For how to get an autographed copy of any of these four books, click on the "Order Information" page.

Drop me a line for more info at nicolajamesb at juno dot com.