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James has been writing for 26 years; his work has appeared in Canada, Australia, and the United States. In 2010 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and more recently was published in The Helix. James is a regular participant on the Internet radio program World Poetry Open Mic, he is also a member of Palmyra First E.C. Church as well as a member of the 93rd Pa Civil War reenactment group. James currently resides in Middletown, Pa. USA with his two feline masters (Bela and Icey)


James  Roethlein , a master of literary brevity, has a decidedly sensitive and intuitive side that merges an inquiring mind with an sentimental heart that spills with an eloquent ease onto the pages of this romantic book of poetry.  It is sectioned into seven sections which seem to have a distinct yet surreal time code of their own.  ~  Candice James, Poet Laureate New Westminster, BC Canada, and author of (Rithimus Aeternam 2019;  The Path of Loneliness 2020)

James E. Roethlein's "Writing with Scissors"  is a cutting collection of words reflecting on his "silence of solitude" where home became more than a refuge, and a place to hide away from the world. These vivid and energetic poems, forged in a pandemic, burn a pathway through the woes of unrequited love, and random observances of the bittersweet, human condition. A brilliant compendium that represents both the roses and the thorns of our contemporary landscape. It's an easy read that will leave you coming back for more.   ~ Janet Kvammen, President of Royal City Literary Arts Society