By (author) Major Jackson
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Leaving Saturn by Major Jackson
Book DescriptionLeaving Saturn, chosen by Al Young as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, is an ambitious and honest collection. Major Jackson, through both formal and free verse poems, renders visible the spirit of resilience, courage, and creativity he witnessed among his family, neighbors, and friends while growing up in Philadelphia. His poems hauntingly reflect urban decay and violence, yet at the same time they rejoice in the sustaining power of music and the potency of community. Jackson also honors artists who have served as models of resistance and maintained their own faith in the belief of the imagination to alter lives. The title poem, a dramatic monologue in the voice of the American jazz composer and bandleader Sun Ra, details such a humane program and serves as an admirable tribute to the tradition of African American art. Throughout, Jackson unflinchingly portrays our most devastated landscapes, yet with a vividness and compassion that expose the depth of his imaginative powers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780820323428
(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Major Jackson
Roll Deep, Paperback (April 2017)
A whimsical and "devastatingly effective" (The Washington Post) collection that captures the spirit of travel and pays homage to heritage.
Holding Company, Paperback (March 2012)
"A devastatingly beautiful collection of strange and wonderful poems." -Poetry Daily
Hoops, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by Major Jackson
Lush reflections on ordinary lives, displaying "formal talents and [Jackson's] capacity for expanding the lyric potential of narrative" (Rain Taxi).
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Author Biography - Major Jackson
Major Jackson's debut volume of poems, "Leaving Saturn," selected by poet and novelist Al Young to receive the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for the best first book by an African American poet, was nominated for a 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award and has received critical attention in the "Boston Globe," "Christian Science Monitor," "Parnassus," "Philadelphia Inquirer," and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His poems have appeared in the "American Poetry Review," "Boulevard," "Callaloo," "Grand Street," "Post Road," the "New Yorker," among other literary journals. Formerly the Literary Arts Curator of the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, he is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as a commission from The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In 2003, he received the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award. He has given readings around the country and participated in many festivals including Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Poetry Society of America's Festival of New American Poets, and the "New Yorker" Festival in Bryant Park, New York City. He is a graduate of Temple University and University of Oregon's Creative Writing Program. Major Jackson is an associate professor of English at University of Vermont, a faculty member of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, and a former Witter Bynner Fellow for the Library of Congress. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont. His second book of poems "Hoops" is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.
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