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James Rodgers

James Rodgers

They Were Called Records, Kids

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James Rodgers is a prolific poet living in Pacific, WA for more than two decades, and has been in the Pacific Northwest his entire life. He lives with his very patient wife and two very psychotic cats. While James prefers humor, he writes all kinds of poetry, with a focus on music, humor, kids, travel, and so much more, along with many song lyrics waiting to have music attached to them. He also created his own humorous style of haiku that he calls haikooky, and you can see his blog at

James has three self-published chapbooks, and has had poems published by Prism Magazine, Ha!, Poets of the Kent Canterbury Faire, Fly By Night Press, WPA Members anthology, Wrist, Washington English Journal, and many more. He was also the winner of the WPA Charles Proctor Award for Humor in 2005. He has been rejected by Raven Chronicles, Prairie Home Companion, and 45th Parallel, among others.

Along with poetry, James is an award-winning photographer, having won multiple prizes in Auburn’s annual photo contest. He has had multiple art shows of his work, provided the black and white images used in Cindy M. Hutchings book Tree Talk, and the tulip portion of the collage cover for Brendan McBreen’s book Cosmic Egg, both also published by MoonPath Press.

James Rodgers nominated as Auburn's Poet Laureate.

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Poem from They Were Called Records, Kids

I’ve Always Liked His Version Better

I heard Kathleen Battle
singing “Summertime,”
her alto
floating, falling
from an open window
overhead. Her voice
rose above
the traffic and chatter,
and followed me
to the end
of the block,
but as the music faded,
sliding back
into the sounds of life,
I heard Louie
in my head,
continuing the tune,
all gravel rasp
and sly grin,
letting me know
that all was well,
I was safe,
even though
no fish were jumping,
and it was actually Spring.