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April 2021
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The Trailer

James Scoles

As they explore love and life balanced on the edge of a city, in a mobile home perched precariously, metaphorically on the fringe of society, the poems in "The Trailer" dig past the daily detritus of the lover’s world of tin-walled hope and melamine dreams to reveal humour, beauty and joy.


James Scoles holds degrees from Arizona State University, University of North Dakota and Southern Illinois University. He has lived, traveled and worked in over 90 countries. His poem “The Trailer” won the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize and his short stories are featured in “Coming Attractions 13” (Oberon Press). His writing has been nominated for The Journey Prize and the Pushcart Prize.

Praise for this book

"With wit and memorable precision, 'The Trailer' takes a setting which is not familiar to poetry, adopts its argot, houses it within a firm structural base and elegantly chronicles the pain inherent in the concept of ‘success.’

Sue Goyette
Award-winning author and CBC Poetry Prize judge

"James Scoles spent a decade travelling before he began to write seriously. He can be savage or hilarious as the mood takes him ... bright and brash ... loving and tender ... powered by excellently odd dialogue and loving observations of snowbird trailer parks."

Mark Anthony Jarman
Award-winning author and editor, Oberon Press