In The Long Fault, Jay Rogoff explores how the disasters of human history scar the individ-ual psyche and how our creative acts of art and love help us to resist this damage. Af-ter opening with Cain launched into exile--"from the good book hurled / out to beget the world"--Rogoff then sweeps us along in his imaginative wanderings, pondering our mortality through the means and powers poetry makes available. The poems explore sacred and secular history, including wars as ancient as Troy and as contemporary as Iraq, and incidents of mass violence from the Middle Ages to modern times. They simul-taneously enlist the power of all forms of art as an ally in confronting disaster and helping us proceed.
In a great variety of forms both traditional and experimental, Rogoff's poems meditate on "the long fault" into which we will all tumble. Like Hamlet staring into the eyes of Death, The Long Fault resists the encroaching dark with the imaginative sympathy, strong lyricism, and strange humor that powerful poetry can provide.
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Jay Rogoff is the author of the poetry collections The Cutoff and How We Came to Stand on That Shore. His verse has appeared in Agni, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, The Progressive, Southern Review, and many other journals. A lecturer in English at Skidmore College, he lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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