"Gaynor writes as wry and grateful survivor, the appreciation for what’s been lost never clouding his love for what remains. ....With this stunning volume, we find ourselves in the hands of a supremely accomplished poet. The poems are as fine as any I know, and are astonishing for their virtuosity, control and generosity." - Peter M. Stevenson, Former Executive Editor, The New York Observer
"Gaynor’s poems are expansive, dark, funny, full of the joy of living. His grim acknowledgements of tragic truths are never brooding, while the more seemingly lighthearted verses are deep and honest and real. We are fortunate indeed that, in Gaynor’s hands, 'Everything Becomes a Poem.' ” - John S. Hall, Lyricist / Vocalist, King Missile; Author, Daily Negations
JAMES W. GAYNOR, poet, artist, editor, and writer, lived for several years in Paris, where he taught a course on Emily Dickinson at the University of Paris, studied the development of the psychological novel in 17th century France, and worked as a translator. After returning to New York, he worked at Grosset & Dunlap, Cuisine, Scriptwriter News and Forbes Publications, where he was on the editorial staff of the Social Register. His articles, book reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Observer, and he recently retired as the Global Verbal Identity Leader for Ernst & Young LLP. His found-object sculpture has been exhibited internationally, and two pieces were featured in a recent book, 500 Art Without Waste. Most recently, his work was exhibited with the Brooklyn Artists Waterfront Coalition.
EVERYTHING BECOMES A POEM by James W. Gaynor, Nemeton Press, November 2016.