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From Delancey West by Brian Jackson

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From Delancey West Brian Jackson BlazeVOX [books]

“Here the lover, the vet, the tenement dweller, pedestrian and poet comingle in half-light, in phantasmagoria and lush musicality alive and singing the names of the gone world. Brian Jackson has taken the time to give us his first book, a loving book born of magic and gem-like attention.”

~Peter Gizzi

“These poems meditate on distance. They mark unexpected moments in which the past bleeds through the present, attending to forgotten corners, populated by survivors. They weigh the particular, hard-won resonance of a place name or a spoken phrase. Sometimes mournful, sometimes brusque, they draw deep inspiration from Beats and urbane modernists in equal measure. They are finely heard and fully felt—wistful, ironic, and humane.”

~Devin Johnston

“Whether he’s driving a cab in Manhattan, or watching the Home Dance of the Hopi, or remembering a family farm in Iowa, Brian Jackson has an eye for details that light up a poem. This book takes readers deep into post-industrial, post-Modern America to illuminate places of startling beauty and of heartbreaking loss. Giving Jackson’s work a magical quality are the poets, artists, and deities who regularly show up in his poems— not as academic references but as companions and allies in the journey. This is a very fine first book of poems by an American author.”

~John Knoepfle

“Brian Jackson’s poems are rich in variety. Erudite yet accessible, they contain telling references to art, music, mythology, and poets from the earliest to the most recent. Some are a flash of insight, a glimpse through a train window. This collection will repay repeated readings with increased nuance, mood, color and depth. They touch the chords of our human experience.”

~Jacqueline Jackson

Brian Jackson has experienced the broad sweep of American culture from country to city life. As a boy he spent summers on his grandfather’s Iowa farm, hoeing corn and herding cattle. Winters he cleaned test tubes and flasks at Syracuse University, in his father’s microbiology lab. Since then, he has continued a life that encompasses such extremes: as a cross-country motorcyclist breaking the bonds of the quotidian at extra-legal speed, as a herald of the High Iron recording the romance of railroading, as a cabbie in the Big Apple driving the last of the Checker Cabs, as a dweller in small-town America witnessing the sprawl of suburbia and the passing of the family farm.

Jackson’s education has also been one of contrasts. He attended the University of Kansas; the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics (serving as teaching assistant for Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso); New York University; Southern Illinois University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana and Springfield. He holds a doctorate from Saint Louis University in trans-Atlantic Modernism. With this background, Jackson sees--everywhere--historical palimpsests, and imagines how the past connects, informs, and flows through the present in his poetry.

Taking his inspiration from Guillaume Apollinaire, Ezra Pound, and Beat Generation poets, he combines in his own poetry Apollinaire’s imaginative leaps with Pound’s imagism and the Beat’s surrealism. He has sought to create a poetry that is more rhythmically distinguished than most free verse, employing a choriamb as the center of Aeolic prosody pioneered by Pound for English use.

Jackson has raised an intelligent, sensitive son, and taught writing and literature to hundreds of students. In his spare time, he continues to perfect his beginner’s knowledge of Diminished 7th chords and the intricacies of early Chuck Berry licks.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 100 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

ISBN: 978-1-60964-098-9


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