James B. Nicola’s

Poetry Page

Thank you for coming to my Poetry Page.

NEWS: THANK YOU to the Willow Review for bestowing my brand new poem "Beholding Boldly" their WILLOW REVIEW AWARD.

Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists will be coming out SOON: May 2018. To take a look at the cover, or pre-order, check out:


To see an interview and hear me read from Out of Nothing, click here:


Meanwhile, other NEWS:  

The first customer review is IN about Wind in the Cave. Read it at 


and then feel free to add some words of your own.

An interview with me, discussing my latest book,
Wind in the Cave, was just posted at 


A longer interview is available here:

where I talk about theater as well as poetry, and how they feed each other.

I am the featured poet in the current issue of Westward Quarterly. It's a print magazine, but you can check it out at


Meanwhile, I have also just been nominated for a third Pushcart Prize. . . . and a fourth!

The third time, I was nominated by Shot Glass Journal. Here is the poem in question, called "Basket" : 


The fourth nomination is from Trinacria, a print journal that has nominated me in the past. An abbreviated version of every issue of Trinacria can be viewed at:


It's worth checking out.

Finally, you can find five poems of mine in the current issue (v. VII no. 2, 2018) of the Deronda Review, available on-line as a .pdf or just to read on-line at


And in case you missed it on Valentine's Day, a special love poem of mine called "Anniversary" is at: 


Too see video of me performing my poetry, or in live interviews, check the links at the video page! 


Other recently posted poems

I have been published many times on literary websites, and also in regular journals that also post on-line. Here is the beginning of that sample for your reading pleasure.

Please support these journals and literary websites.

All these poems of course are copyright by James B. Nicola.

Other poems archived online:

"A Scientific Mind"-- go to pcsj.org/2016CaesuraBronzeEdition
and either scroll down till you find me, or use CNTRL+F (for "find") and type in Nicola to find the poem

Three poems and a review of Kirby Olson's Christmas at Rockefeller Center at:










Here are just a few of the posts from the past (more to come):

Five poems at the New Formalist, where I was featured poet for a month, at


“The Gate” at http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/35/nicola.html#1

“The Last of Winter” at http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/41/nicola.html

“Traces” “When” and “Book” at http://www.lochravenreview.net/2011Spring/nicola.html

“Washed Up” and “Miss Lee” at http://www.lochravenreview.net/2009Winter/nicola.html

The round world, squashed a little at the poles” and “After” at


“Frostbite #3: Exhaustion” and “potter putter putz” at


"A shoe drops" and "I met a traveler from a modern land" at


"Lust," a sonnet, at http://www.shattercolors.com/poetry/nicola_lust.htm

"Ties that Bind," at http://www.shattercolors.com/poetry/nicola_ties.htm

"Values," a sonnet, at http://www.shattercolors.com/poetry/nicola_values.htm

"Kitten" and "Friend" (a common-meter sonnet) at


"Fiasco" (scroll down) at http://marathonlitreview.com/?s=fiasco

"Rows" (a ballad) at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/rcr/summary/v045/45.nicola.html

"The Uses of Spite" at http://www.2river.org/2RView/17_1/poems/_nicola.html where you will hear me reading aloud, too

"The Process of Water" at http://gumbopress.co.uk/wordgumbo/wordgumbo5.pdf scroll to page 33 for my particular poem, but do check out all the others.

"Exit Signs" and "Exile" at http://www.poeticmatrixpress.com/letteRon-line6/L6Page2.html

"Fanfare" at http://www.foliateoak.com/james-b-nicola.html

For two 3-line poems ("even" and "I've rained enough") flip the right arrow you find at the below link until you get to the contents, then click on my name at http://www.amazon.co.uk/delinquent-issue-17-Jeremy-Quinn-ebook/dp/B007W3QCOQ#reader_B007W3QCOQ

"Pane" at http://snakeskinpoetry.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/mistakes/

"I have a yellow umbrella" at http://ghll.truman.edu/ghll24/GHLL%20xxiv%20poetry/Nicola%20I%20Have%20a%20Yellow%20Umbrella.html

"Water Lilies," "Light," and "Ollie" (scroll down or use search frame--CTRL + F--to find them) at


"April" on 12th page of the .pdf (labeled as page 16) at http://www.trinacriapoetry.com/trinacria10.pdf

"Grumblings" (scroll down to the first poem in the issue, p. 4) at promptlitmag.org/the_prompt_volume1_number1.pdf

Four poems if you click on "Free Download" and then advance to page 23 at


"A Brilliant Ice" if you scroll down to page 16 at


"Purple Orange" and "The Bounds of Gratitude" if you click Poetry III and then scroll down at


"Our moon in her orbit" at http://www.bigcitylit.com/fall2012/poetry/poetry.php?page=nicola

"Mother & Son" at http://www.stickmanreview.com/V11N2/v11n2contents/Nicola1.html

"Allegory" at http://pennreview.com/2011/08/allegory/

"Camping Out" at http://pennreview.com/2011/07/camping-out/

"Diction" at http://www.nowculture.com/movies/nicola1.htm

Enjoy the read!


--James B.

James B. Nicola,
Apr 5, 2017, 7:45 AM