Holding Company by Major Jackson

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



“Major Jackson makes poems that rumble and rock.”—Dorianne Laux

In Holding Company, Major Jackson explores art, literature, and music as a kingdom, or an empire, a dark, seductive force in our lives. In an effort to understand desire, beauty, and love as transient anodynes to metaphysical loneliness, he invokes Constantine Cavafy, Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, and Dante Rossetti.

from “Jewel-Tongued”
   The stillness of a lover’s mouth
   assaulted me. I never wearied of anecdotes
   on the Commons, gesturing until I scattered
   myself into a luminance, shining over a city
   of women. Was I less human or more? I hear still
   my breathing echoing off their pillows. So many
   eyes like crushed flowers. Our fingers splayed
   over a bed’s edge. We were blown away.

About Major Jackson

See more books from this Author
Major Jackson is the author of Hoops, Holding Company, and Leaving Saturn, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is poetry editor at the Harvard Review and lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
Published August 23, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 91 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Holding Company

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In his third collection, which is also his darkest, Jackson (Hoops) delves into wrenching, personal subject matter in rigid 10-line poems, a formal choice that seems to inspire an emotional nakedness he hasn't previously achieved.

Jul 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Holding Company: Poems

Rate this book!

Add Review