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James Cagney

Years: 2005-2007


Cave Canem fellow James Cagney is a  writer, poet and performer from Oakland, Ca.   He's appeared as a featured artist at venues such as the San Francisco Public Library, The Starry Plough, La Pena Cultural Center, Above Paradise Lounge, The Stork Club, Spasso's Cafe, The Jahva House, Mahogany Restaurant, Nu Upper Room and OK Hotel among others.  He has performed the monologue The Two Chairs as part of the Afro-Solo Performance series, appeared in the stage show Four Brothers Featuring Will Power, performed in Ritual Theater 2000, as well as Celebration of the Word with Maya Angelou and Quincy Troupe.  He is the author of four volumes of poetry including Transmitting The Disease and Hot Death.  His work has been published in Asili Journal, Cake, Drumvoices, Barbershop Chronicles and Sussurrus.


The Florist   after smoking whatever it was down to its last flake of ash he comes into the flower shopapproaches the florist, and says:what flower cuts thru the bullshitbetween people and says: I don't hate youdespite never saying that I love youthat apologizes without being sorrythat means lovewithout saying it and says lovewithout meaning deathand the florist saysthe yellow chrysanthemum