Black Dog Songs by Lisa Jarnot

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Poetry. Simply one of the most admired and imitated poets of her generation, Lisa Jarnot's third volume of poetry does what only Jarnot can do. Decidedly lyrical, always reliant on repetition and rhythm, what emergies in this book is a catalog of loves and laments: "Just the eldergrass and him, the fog, unpoliced and safe inside the train, the thoughts of rain, Apollo, and the sun..." As Stan Brackage has said of Jarnot, "[H]er words are never severed from the means that engendered them; and the consequent meanings are never detached from the meditative drama of each whole poem."

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Lisa Jarnot was born in Buffalo, New York in 1967. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo during the late 1980s and Brown University from 1992-1994. Since the mid-1990s has been a resident of New York City. She has edited two small magazines (No Trees, 1987-1990, and Troubled Surfer, 1991-1992) as well as The Poetry Project Newsletter and An Anthology of New (American) Poetry (Talisman House Publishers, 1997). She is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck Press, 1996), Ring of Fire (Zoland Books, 2001 and Salt Publishers, 2003), Black Dog Songs (Flood Editions, 2003) and Night Scenes (Flood Editions, 2008). She is also the author of Robert Duncan: The Ambassador From Venus (University of California Press, 2012), a comprehensive biography of the San Francisco poet. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Nation, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket, Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry and Great American Prose Poems. She has been a visiting writer at The Poetry Project, Naropa University, the University of Colorado, and Brooklyn College and has given readings and lectures throughout the United States, England, and France. She collaborated with New York filmmaker Jennifer Reeves on the 2004 film The Time We Killed, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She currently lives in Sunnyside, New York where she lives with her husband and daughter and works as a freelance gardener.
Published October 1, 2003 by Flood Editions. 55 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Mantra and echolalia, playground rhymes, Gertrude Stein-esque repetitions and Blakean mysticism sit uneasily—and inspiringly—beside deep lyric purpose and antiwar protest in this exub

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A third sequence, "They," organizes a sort of fugue around the phrase "They loved," bringing in prose blocks and a deliberately frustrating sestina for cumulative elegiac effect, as if all that "they" loved would soon be lost.

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