James B. Nicola’s

Poetry Page

Thank you for coming to my Poetry Page. 

Latest poems to appear on-line

Thank you to Shot Glass Journal for publishing the poem "April 25, 2015" in their October, 2019 issue. You can read it at: 


Issue 27 features my poem "Mooneyed Sky" at

and see below for several other poems of mine that Shot Glass has published. 

Thank you to Rue Scribe for publishing three of my poems: "A Rap: To the Over-Eager,"  "A mother," and "The Language of Encouragement" at this link (scroll down to July 13, 2019):


Thank you to the journal called Edify Fiction for publishing the poem "Snow" in their 2019 Christmas in July issue. You can download the whole issue as a .pdf and then go to page 22 to read my work, at:


Thank you to Martian Chronicle (from Paragon Press) for publishing The Dream of the Slug and the Belt, City of Seven Hills, and A View of the Earth in their August 2019 issue. You can read all three poems at:

and then scrolling to pages 16-18.


Thank you to Ambrosia (Paragon Press's food journal) for republishing Fast Food, Thursday, and Shakespeare in May 2019. Have a cup of coffee and read these three poems at:

then scrolling to pages 30-32.


Thank you to Vellichor  (also from Paragon Press) for publishing "A people that is free" in issue 3, May 2019. You can see it at:

and then scrolling to page 17. 


Thank you to Lagom: A Journal (atill from Paragon Press) for publishing "Lift" in their December 2018 issue. You can see it at:

and then scrolling to pages 46-47. 

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

To see a video made by someone whom I have never met, except in poetry--that was inspired by a poem of mine that appeared in the journal Rattle--click this link:

Thank you, Lora Mathis. I am honored.

The poem itself ("Have You Ever Woken") is available at: https://www.rattle.com/have-you-ever-woken-by-james-b-nicola/.

Rattle also published my "Curtailed Sonnet," which appears at: https://www.rattle.com/curtailed-sonnet-by-james-b-nicola/

Thank you to the literary journal Ovunque Siamo for bestowing me a FIFTH Pushcart Prize nomination for the poem “Snapshot,” which takes you from Italy to France to Ireland. It's posted online at:


Thank you to Lowestoft Chronicle for a SIXTH Pushcart nomination, just in. The poem is called "Centerpieces at the Inn." LC has featured seven of my poems over the years. They are:

"Arizona" at: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue35/jamesbnicola/

"Centerpieces at the Inn" at: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue34/jamesbnicola/

"Strangers on a Trainat: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue32/jamesbnicola/

"Mt. Gretnaat: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue30/jamesbnicola/

"New World Wasteland" at: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue28/jamesbnicola/

"Plan " at: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue27/jamesbnicola/

"Montana" at: http://lowestoftchronicle.com/issues/issue21/jamesbnicola/

The second and fourth nominations were from Trinacria, a print journal that has published six poems of mine over the years, as well as a wonderful review of my second collection, Stage to Page: Poems from the TheaterAn abbreviated version of every issue of Trinacria can be viewed at:


My third Pushcart Prize nomination was from Shot Glass Journal, which has published eleven poems of mine over various issues. Here is the poem in question, called "Basket" : 


The other poems appear in issues 9, 23, and 25 which you can find by locating my name (under "J") at :


and then clicking the issue numbers.

The first Pushcart nomination was from Parody, which has published four of my poems:

"The Peaceful Warrior" appears at: http://parody.onimpression.com/2015/06/wars-not-make-one-great.html

“Elocutionary Advice” at: http://parody.onimpression.com/2014/10/a-way-with-words.html

"The Wit" at: http://parody.onimpression.com/2014/02/funny-folk.html

“Sway” (the nominated poem) appears at: http://parody.onimpression.com/2012/06/short-and-sweet.html

Thank you to the Willow Review for bestowing my poem "Beholding Boldly" their WILLOW REVIEW AWARD. And for giving same honor to my poem "Glass" several years ago. Neither poem is on-line, but the latter is included in Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists

Thank you to Westward Quarterly which has premiered ten poems of mine over the last few years, and honored me as their featured poet in the Winter 2018 issue, where six poems were reprinted from my collections. It's a print magazine, but you can check it out at


Thank you to The Transnational for publishing my poem "Elegy" in English and German: https://www.the-transnational.com/, https://www.the-transnational.com/deutsch/

Thank you to The Literary Hatchet, a print journal out of Fall River, Massachusetts, for publishing a whopping 41 of my poems over the last decade. I have work appearing in the following issues, which you can buy, read online, or download .pdfs (free!) at: https://lizzieandrewborden.com/HatchetOnline/LiteraryHatchet/issues.htm

Issue 9 (two poems: "In a Row," p. 47; "frostbite #10: Crash Cars," p. 62)

Issue 10 (two poems: "Danger" on p. 95 and "Saturdays" on p.  165—misidentified in the table of contents, so don't miss it)

Issue 11 (four poems: "A Certain Disposition," p. 63; "Snow Man," p. 67; "Gravity," p. 82; "Paper #3," p. 84)

Issue 12 “Storm,” p. 163

Issue 13 (four poems: "Two Gifts," p. 130; "Shadows 2," p. 131; "Two Birds," p. 147; "A History of Want," p. 158)

Issue 15 (six poems: "Analysis," p. 31; "Condolences," p. 72; "Development," p. 99; "Confusion 2," p. 114; "Duck," p. 127; "The Furnace and the Garden," p. 128)

Issue 16 (two poems: [Technology and industry], p. 79; “Extraordinary Measures," p. 83)

Issue 17 (nine poems: "Hell," p. 23; "Product," p. 65; "I Wish It Were," p. 75; "Proposition," p. 82; "Glinda," p. 91; "Litany," p. 104; [Sea Going], p. 139; "Circus People," p. 168; "Horse Man," p. 191)

Issue 18 (six poems: "Past Perfect," p. 23; "Words," p. 34; "Writers and Readers," p. 58; "Role Models," p. 95; "Smudge," p. 138; "Cleanser," p. 157)

Issue 21 (four poems: "Out with Bacchus," p. 83; "Religion 2: Not to Say," p. 100; "Love Again," p. 107; "My Love's a Bottle," p. 113)

Thank you to Blue Unicorn for publishing 24 new poems of mine over the last few years. It's a print magazine.

Thank you to Deronda Review for publishing eighteen of my poems over the years. Some are available in .pdf or .html versions, which you can download or click open individually at: http://www.derondareview.org (“current issue” or “archives” buttons)

Five poems ("Campus," "Condominium," "Gray 2," "Star Set," and "Spheres") appear in vol 7 no 2., pp. 33, 34, 36, 42, 43 (not posted on-line for the general public yet, but you can buy this issue)

"David" appears in vol. 6 no. 2, p. 18

Three poems ("Water Lilies 1," "Ollie," and "Light") appear in vol. 5 no. 2  on p. 5 and (two poems on) p. 12

"Across" appears in vol. 5 no. 1, p. 8

Two poems ("Curio," and "Which is your god") appear in vol. 7 no. 1, pp. 26 and 41

Other poems have appeared in print only so far. Before 2006 The Deronda Review was called The Neovictorian/ Cochlea


Thank you to The Recusant, a UK journal, which has published twelve of my poems over the years as follows, plus two in an anthology:

Four Poems (“Please Don’t,” “On ‘ethnic cleansing’,” “Lament,” and “Band-Aids®”) at: http://www.therecusant.org.uk/james-b-nicola-new-poems/4593944956

Three Poems (“In Defense of Dorothy Parker,” “Rhyme 2: The Thing About Rhyme,” and “New Age”) at: http://www.therecusant.org.uk/james-b-nicola-new-poems/4589547327

Two poems “Heraclitus” and “Marmorata” at:

Two poems “The Sheath” and “Twilight is the Meetest” at:

But Poetry Is Metal Work, In Fine,” at:

The Robin Hood Book (same publisher) features my two poems "The End of the World" and "Eagle.” It is available for purchase at: http://www.therecusant.org.uk/the-robin-hood-book/4563100507

Thank you to the on-line literary journal Ginosko for publishing ten poems of mine starting on p. 218, at:

http://www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/images/ginosko21.pdf. They are titled: At Binghamton, Father and Son, The Invention of Number, Islands, Leavings, The Moment in a Service, Reading #1: Passage of Wisdom, Schism, Adulthood, and Prejudice. "Ginosko" means "attainment of knowledge, realization, or truth from experience."

Thank you to riverbabble for publishing nine of my poems over the years. They are:

"skunk" at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue33/P-33-NICOLA.HTML

"The Quality of Paper" at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue32/P-32-NICOLA.HTML

"Nursery" at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue32/P-32-NICOLA2.HTML

"When the Pebbles Moved, ” at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue31/P-31-NICOLA.HTML

"Balloon, ” at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue30/P-NICOLA-30.HTML

"Causeways, ” at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue29/P-NICOLA-29.HTML

"Menhir, ” at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue28/P-28-NICOLA.HTML

“Trap House, ” at: http://iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue25/P-25-NICOLA.HTML

"Puddle in the Parkway, ” at: http://www.iceflow.com/riverbabble/issue24/POETRY-NICOLA-24.HTML

Thank you to the folks at miller's pond, an on-line literary journal, where I have had eight poems published over the years, as well as a review of my first book, Manhattan Plaza. http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/web_editions1

The poem "The Tipping Point" can be found at: http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/index.php?page=vol21web1#James%20B.%20Nicola

Library " is at: http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/index.php?page=vol20web2#James%20B.%20Nicola

"Spite 2" and "Overcast" are at: http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/index.php?page=vol18web3#James%20B.%20Nicola

"The Shade Tree" and "Found the One" are at:


"Over Reach" is at: http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/web_editions1/vol-15-19/vol20web1/vol19web3-3#James%20B.%20Nicola

"When you read" is at: http://www.millerspondpoetry.com/index.php/issues/index.php?page=vol-16-web2a but you’ll have to scroll down from where this takes you in order to find it

Thank you to Green Silk Journal for publishing eight of my poems over the years. Seven of them are available on-line, namely:

"Waking Up to Cat" at http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-3-spring-2018.html (scroll down a bit)

"pause" at: http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-4--fall-2017.html (scroll down a bit)

"Spirit and Soul" at: http://www.thegsj.com/web-page_3.html

"Perpetual Stillness" at: http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-4-spring-2017.html  (scroll down a bit)

"Sweeping" at: http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-3-fall-2016.html (scroll down a bit)

"Master of the Universe" and "My friends the mathematicians" at: http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-4-fall-2015.html

"Love" at: http://www.thegsj.com/poetry-1-spring-2013.html

Thank you to The Lyric for publishing eight new poems of mine over the last few years. It's a print magazine.

Thank you to The Aurorean for publishing eight new poems of mine over the last few years. It's a print magazine.


Thank you to the folks at Stickman Review, an online literary journal from England, for publishing seven of my poems over the years. They are:

Two poems in volume 17 no. 1. "Potential" at: http://stickmanreview.com/V17N1/nicola-potential.html and "Night and the Tornado" at:  http://stickmanreview.com/V17N1/nicola-tornado.html

Two poems in volume 14 no. 2. "Chance" at: http://www.stickmanreview.com/V14N2/nicola-chance.html and "Changing Channels" at:  http://www.stickmanreview.com/V14N2/nicola-channels.html

“Mad. Man” in vol. 13 no. 2 at: http://www.stickmanreview.com/V13N2/V13N2contents/nicola.html

Two poems in volume 11 no. 2. "Mother & Son" at: http://www.stickmanreview.com/V11N2/v11n2contents/Nicola1.html and "Something to Do" at:

Thank you to the Society of Classical Composers for posting six poems of mine, the latest two of which have won second-prize in contests of theirs. Also for that marvelous joint review of both Wind in the Cave and Out of Nothing

"Generations" (a Riddle) appears (scroll down to “second place” poem) at: http://classicalpoets.org/2018/08/13/ten-best-riddles-of-2018-contest-winners-announced/

"Trip of a Lifetime" (a Short Poem) appears (scroll down to “second place” poem) at: http://classicalpoets.org/2018/06/18/shortest-poem-contest-winners-announced/

"Would you rather come back as a dog" appears (scroll down) at: http://classicalpoets.org/2018/04/22/rhyming-poems-for-poem-in-your-pocket-day/

"Complications" appears at:
with lots of comments!

"After the Peloponnesian Wars" and "Three Flowers" appear at:


Thank you to the River Poets Journal for publishing six poems of mine over the years. The latest two are available through .pdfs which you can download as follows:

“Exhiliration” at: http://www.riverpoetsjournal.com/The_Immigrants_-_River_Poets_Journal_Special_Edition_-_2018.pdf

"The Beauty of Gray" at: http://www.riverpoetsjournal.com/Windows_-_2017_Special_Edition.pdf

Thank you to The New Formalist, which featured me as featured poet of the month with five of my poems ("Purchase," "Mother," "Structure," "Better," and "Solution") at: http://theformalist.org/archives/761

Thank you to Snakeskin for publishing five of my poems over the years. They are at: http://www.snakeskinpoetry.co.uk/ but then you must look in Archives for each particular issue:

"When One you Once Loved" appears in Number 232/September 2016

"The Prospects of Loners" appears in Number 229/June 2016

"Willing" appears in Number 208/June-July 2014             

"Sisters" appears in Number 196/May 2013/Short Poems Special

"Pane" appears in Number 142/March 2008

Thank you to the magazine Kaleidoscope, dedicated to the arts and literature of healing and disability, which has published five of my poems over the years—including one in issue 75, available on line at: https://www.scribd.com/document/354364304/Issue-75-Reflective-Transformative-Eclectic. My poem “XCI” appears on page 64.

Thank you to The Road Not Taken for publishing five of my poems over the years (.pdfs available to download). They are:

"Sappers" and "Gibbous" at:  http://journalformalpoetry.com/archive/2018/Summer%20Issue%202018%20Road.pdf on pp. 23-24

"A Brilliant Ice" at: journalformalpoetry.com/_archive/_pdfFiles/RNT%20fall%202012.pdf on pp. 16-17

"Ozzy" at http://journalformalpoetry.com/archive/2015/TheRoadNotTakenFall2015.pdf on p. 17

"Mt. Airy Morning" at: https://faculty.tamuc.edu/journalformalpoetry/documents/2010-2007/Autumn2010.pdf on p. 26

Thank you to Harbinger Asylum for publishing four of my poems over the years. It is a print journal.

Thank you to the Grey Sparrow Journal for publishing four of my poems over the years. One is still available on-line:

"Romance" at https://grey-sparrow-press.com/32-romance-james-b-nicola/

Three poems ("I didn't mind," "Leominster" and "The Eyes of an Artist") are in issue 24, spring 2015, which is not available on-line, but you can see the table of contents at:


Thank you to The Pennsylvania Review for publishing four of my poems over the years.

“Tower” at: http://pennreview.com/2017/09/tower/

"Home Office" at: http://pennreview.com/2017/07/home-office/

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

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


Thank you to Red Booth Review for publishing four poems as follows:

Two poems (“Birthday Suit” and “The Letter Not to Send”) at: http://redboothreview.blogspot.com/2016/03/two-poems-james-nicola.html

“E-Mail with Variables” at: http://redboothreview.blogspot.com/2014/05/e-mail-with-variables-james-b-nicola.html

“The Uninvited” at: http://redboothreview.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-uninvited-james-b-nicola.html



Thank you to Caesura for publishing four of my poems over the years. Two are on-line.

"Embrace" at: http://www.pcsj.org/2017CaesuraOnlineEdition.html

(scroll down till you find me, or use CNTRL+F--for "find"--and type in "Nicola" to see the poem

"A Scientific Mind" at: pcsj.org/2016CaesuraBronzeEdition (again, scroll to find)

The other two poems are in the print editions from 2012 and 2015, which you can order at: http://pcsj.org/caesura.html.  

ShatterColors Literary Review published four of my poems. Three are still available on-line

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

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

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

Thank you to Empty Sink for publishing four of my poems, available at: 

Thank you to Lost River for publishing three poems ("The Uses of Fur," "Winter Weather," and "After the Ice Storm" on pp. 16-18) and my review of Kirby Olson's poetry collection Christmas at Rockefeller Center (p. 23) at: https://issuu.com/lostriverlitmag/docs/lost_river_winter_2017_final

Thank you to Jellyfish Whispers, an on-line journal, for publishing three of my poems at http://www.jellyfishwhispers.com/ in their July 2, 2018 issue. They are: "The Ceiling Slathers"; "A Sandy Beach"; and "The Moon, Still." 

Thanks to Convergence for publishing three of my poems.

"Ignis Fatuus" appears at: http://www.convergence-journal.com/spring18/p3.html

"Two Constructs of Love" at: http://www.convergence-journal.com/fall17/p1.html#Nicola

"Diamonds" at: http://www.convergence-journal.com/spring17/p1.html#Nicola

"Loch" (about Loch Druich in Scotland) appears in volume three of the journal In Layman's Terms at: https://issuu.com/inlaymansterms/docs/water on page 22. 

"One Day a Year" appears (in Ireland!) at The Innisfree Poetry Journal at: http://authormark.com/artman2/publish/Innisfree_27JAMES_B_NICOLA.shtml

"Iraq" appears in Shantih Journal at: 

"Context and Perspective" at: http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=156

“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

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


"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

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

Two 3-line poems ("even" and "I've rained enough") appear in The Delinquent no. 17. 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

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

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

"Grumblings" (scroll down to the first poem in the downloadable 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


"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

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

Enjoy the read!


--James B.

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