The three sequences of Groundwork comprise a sophisticated reworking of European myth on the order of Yeats’s The Tower. The first is situated by an. Editor’s Note (Jan 13, ): Amanda Jernigan’s book Groundwork, from which these poems were excerpted, was named one of the top five. Amanda Jernigan’s debut poetry collection forwards a critique of contemporary aesthetics and knowledge production. From archaeological excavations in.

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She made me feel that as I read her poems, some of the most beautiful I’ve read in quite some time, and when a poet makes me feel as deeply as she, I will give them all my attention forever. My mother is a literary editor: Thanks for aamanda, Amanda.

It would be presumptuous of me to make any sweeping claims, but I do think of it as distinct from US poetry and from UK poetry. It builds one’s muscles.

Few poets today are versed in the archetypes that inform the European tradition, and even fewer can manipulate them with the grace of Amanda Jernigan. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

My consolation is that this is, still, an illusion—the real world as intractable, as jernihan resistant, as ever. John Haney is a poet, playwright, essayist and editor. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. While the game itself is almost a guilty pleasure, Jernigan plays it well.

For that reason, too, I don’t “do” social media at all: This may sound wildly ambitious, but I feel that any writer does the same, when he or she is working honestly with traditional materials. The poems here are divided into three themes: Refrain is going on my fridge.

But, then, Outram was one of those people whose conversational speech actually enhanced rather than dispersed his mystique. The poems, if you will, are an attempt at finding detail obscured, lost, or neglected and giving a fresh voice to characters such as Penelope. I think of M.


But I think often of Northrop Frye’s distinction between primary concerns food, sex, shelter, liberty of movement [I’d add love, in its many forms] and secondary concerns patriotism, religion, class-conditioned attitudes and behaviors. But that’s another kettle of fry. I went to a reading by Amanda Jernigan 2 years ago and was blown away by her poetry, so I finally took the time to reread them and once again I was amazed.

The effect is suspension followed by realization, a building toward something that deflates in the way you can imagine dreams of community deflating in the face of a typical new subdivision. And it also builds in one the itch—perhaps, too, the ability—to do something that’s radically one’s own. But that may have less to do with a different literary culture than it did with an accident of personalities.

They also speak to me.

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I am a country mouse living in the city, and although I’ve learned amahda walk without constantly looking over my shoulder, I’m not really naturalized to urban life. So my experience with poetry in languages other than English is almost entirely through translation: Debbie Hill rated it really liked it Feb 18, Rereading what I’ve written, two new facts occur:. Please write us more. Preview — Groundwork by Amanda Jernigan. The apple trees, untended, go to crab. And equally important, the writers who have just continued to make obstinate, unfashionable work, sometimes in obscurity.

She grew up in rural Ontario and lived for many years in Atlantic Canada, working as an editor, scholar, and teacher; she now lives in Groundworrk, Ontario, with her husband—artist John Haney—and their two children. Submit Your Work Upload your work to Submittable. The years since Outram’s death now outnumber the years in which I knew him, so when I think about the effect that the relationship has had on me, I think as much about the absence as about the presence.


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First—and because we converse under jefnigan sign of the Bard our interview begun on April 23rd —I grew up twenty minutes down the road from the Stratford Festival, home to Canada’s major Shakespeare company.

There is a hysterical insistence that poets be “relevant,” that is, write in response to news headlines. But a poet’s job is probably to pay as little attention as possible to such things, and to continue to follow her instincts in as unselfconscious a way as possible.

Dec 26, Jules rated it liked it Shelves: Thank you for these stunning poems. Matt Fraser rated it liked it Mar 21, grouhdwork On the other hand, it’s time that gives us everything we have, and that is the container for everything we have. They’re just really fantastic. Do you see each sequence [as] independent of the other[s] or do you see the sequences interacting with each other?


Or the uncompromising minimalism of Souvankham Thammavongsa and Sean Howard. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Set up a giveaway. And lest I make myself out to be a complete urbanophobe: But there is something archaeological about my jednigan, still—the work on Outram, say.

I certainly don’t write for some kind of post-human future: With her partner, the artist John Haney, she has produced limited-edition books and broadsides under the imprint Daubers Press.

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