Menswear Mondays: Poet Kirkland James

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Name: Kirkland James.

Profession: Artist, painter, singer and poet.

Spotted: Outside of the Central Denver Public Library.

Favorite film: Equilibrium and The Guardian.

2013 resolution: Be more in touch with my spiritual side, and be more thoughtful to be a better person. I kept it broad because throughout the year you realize that one specific goal is never enough to continue to better yourself and improve.

Style inspirations/icons: Every person I come across, because you learn a lot from every person you take the time to interact with. I take a lot away from those experiences.

Favorite color: Yellow, orange and red.

Favorite accessory: My cell phone. I love the dual camera on it. Jackets, shoes, belts and sunglassess are my favorite fashion accessories, though. If I have a nice pair of shades, I'm set.

Style mantra: Every morning I tell myself that I'm going to accomplish what I set out to do that day, whatever that may be. And I say it out loud or I reaffirm it to my friends so they can get on me if I don't do it.

Shops at: Burlington Coat Factory for pants, American Apparel and Urban Outfitters for jackets.

Kirkland James is not to be confused with Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek; the signature Costco brand, Kirkland; the local Kirkland Museum; and especially not boxer James Kirkland. Kirkland James is a painter who uses acrylics and reads poetry on Sundays at the Mercury Cafe. Check out his enlightening YouTube video, which captures "Our World, Our House," a piece in which he shares his views on global unity.

Go to page 2 to find out what Kirkland James keeps in his bag!

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
Contact: Mauricio Rocha