James Hoch is a
Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Before teaching, he worked as a
dishwasher, cook, dockworker and social worker. His poems
have appeared in the Kenyon Review and Poetry Daily.
His awards include a 2002 Fellowship from the PA Council on the
Arts and a 2003 Bread Loaf Fellow Award.
Hoch's A Parade of Hands is the work of a very gifted young
poet for whom the lyric is both discovery and song. I'm drawn to
his grave tones and graceful formal aptitude, in poems alternately
hard as "steel piled in a yard" and mysterious as "a handful/of winged
insects throbbing against glass." There is real peril here, and
not just the faux of melodrama one finds in much new poetry; and real
experience -- of travel, of work, of loves found and loves lost.
Each line of these excellent poems is real, worked-over, lucid,
revealing, melodic and true. -- David Baker