The Kingdom of the Instant by Rodney Jones
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Many of the poems in Kingdom of the Instant attend to a particular moment — to the individual existing in one place at the time life is lived. Some of them, like “Keeping Time,” are urgent, even ominous (“To be there with it, tock to its tick, mud / to its chink”). In others, the approach to the instant is dilatory, relaxed, as in one of the long poems, “Ten Sighs from a Sabbatical” (“Let loose. Lists into ashes. Tasks into stones”). The poet also addresses natural history and the environment; religiosity, the history and encumbrances of class, regionalism, and the American South; and the act of making poetry. There are homages to a number of masters, ranging from Wallace Stevens to Mississippi John Hurt, but concrete references give way to the fleeting impression, the given moment, the kingdom of the instant that Rodney Jones so strongly evokes. He is, line by line, sound by sound, at the top of his form.
 

About Rodney Jones

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RODNEY JONES, born in Alabama, is a professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Salvation Blues is his eighth book of poetry. Among his many honors, Jones was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award, and a Harper Lee Award.
 
Published September 19, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Jones, who won the 1989 NBCC Award for Transparent Gestures, writes sweetly mordant poems that name (and absolve) instances of hypocrisy, futility, and joy.

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Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Raiders of the Lost Ark - Zimbio ZIMBIO STYLEBISTRO LONNY REGISTER |

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Zimbio

2.5 stars out of of 5 Here is my problem with this movie and frankly Raiders 2 and 3.

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People

Still, it is Indiana Jones and he won't be around forever (Ford turns 66 in July) so, hey, it's swell to have you back, Dr. Jones.

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Starting out excitingly (if predictably) with “Raiders March” - one of the most recognizable score pieces in the history of cinema, John Williams’ latest Indiana Jones score starts out hitting all the right notes.

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The Miami Herald

Harrison Ford doesn't look bad for his age - we should all be as fit at 65 - but he does seem awfully old when he dons Indy's trademark fedora and flashes his I'll-get-out-of-this-somehow smirk.

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Variety

For pure action thrills, this sequence rates close to the first one, yet there’s one more to come, a mixed-bag wrap-up that transports the Indiana Jones series into a realm it’s never occupied before but is well familiar to Spielberg and Lucas.

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