A Minute without Danger by Jacqueline Waters
(Adventures in Poetry)

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Fierce confusion and a pitch-perfect sense of humor interact chemically in Jacqueline Waters’ poetry. The result of her rueful kindness is the deep surprise that comes from being intensely awake and from paying close attention to "not just the creation of a pattern, / but an examination of the principles behind a pattern." Waters is serious but never earnest.


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Jacqueline Waters is the author of two collections of poetry, A MINUTE WITHOUT DANGER (Adventures in Poetry, 2001) and ONE SLEEPS THE OTHER DOESN'T (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and two chapbooks, The Garden of Eden a College (A Rest Press, 2004) and The Saw That Talked (Minutes Books, 2011). Her work has appeared in 6x6, The Poker, Zoland Poetry, Chicago Review, NO: A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS, Realpoetik, Boston Review, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She is editor of The Physiocrats, a pamphlet press.
Published September 1, 2001 by Adventures in Poetry. 56 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Somewhere between Some Trees–era John Ashbery and Ange Mlinko, Waters's poised page-length lyrics pull off the difficult trick of making the first person at once immediate and strange: "Odd I had to learn to act natural/ To look as innocent as a beaker/ though less rigid or reproducible."

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