The three sequences of Groundwork comprise a sophisticated reworking of European myth on the order of Yeats’s The Tower. The first is situated by an. Editor’s Note (Jan 13, ): Amanda Jernigan’s book Groundwork, from which these poems were excerpted, was named one of the top five. Amanda Jernigan’s debut poetry collection forwards a critique of contemporary aesthetics and knowledge production. From archaeological excavations in.

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Groundwork by Amanda Jernigan

I went to a reading by Amanda Jernigan 2 years ago and was blown away by her poetry, so I finally took the time to reread them and once again I was amazed. Jernigan builds a context in which compression can thrive; Banks builds sentences that reflect the connections the associative mind sees in its subjects. Megan RFA marked it as to-read Dec 29, TinaC rated it really liked it Apr 08, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

And it happens that Tara, in addition to being a publicist, is a tremendously erudite scholar and poet — so I do trust both her judgment and her literary integrity.

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Yes, I did study archaeology. Amanda Jernigan writes poems that make your brain fizz with their rhetorical flourish, the chops amadna changes of her lines, their dense, active language, their allusiveness, and their brawny intelligence. But a poet’s job is probably to pay as little attention as possible to such things, and to continue to follow her instincts in as unselfconscious a way as possible.

Each section is an attempt to see or reimagine what was left out either by the passing of time or in the kernigan telling. But, I am reassured, there is a factory upstream to replicate the bird.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Her work has been published and performed in Canada, the United States, and Germany, and is featured in the online archive of the Poetry Foundation. Jo marked it as to-read Sep 15, And I think about him a lot these days, as I work my way through his poems, which I’m editing for a collected edition: Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize.

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Inthe critic Alberto Manguel wrote:. Sydney rated it really liked it Apr 22, Good readers often ignore what writers say about their own work, of course — but it still seems a groundwor, to be a touch evasive here! The apple trees, untended, go to crab.

Which struts and frets more loudly in cities than it does outside of them: You are commenting using your WordPress.

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The following stanza from the poem “Of It may sound simplistic, but perhaps the most surprising feature of Amanda Jernigan’s Groundwork is that some of the poems actually rhymed. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Your poems have mystique. Refresh and try again. I think the Internet in general is disenchanting, to writers and to everything that comes within its virtual grasp, giving the illusion of accessibility to all: Megan Hoffman Sacksteder marked it as to-read Jan 09, All this is by way of asking: While the game itself is almost a guilty pleasure, Jernigan plays it well.

Sophia marked it as to-read Jan 24, When, thanks to the perseverance of young writers such as Margaret Atwood, and stubborn editors such as Robert Weaver, readers made the discovery that this literature existed, the pantheon of authors chosen to represent it set a style against which the writing to come was measured.


Few poets today are versed in the archetypes that inform the European tradition, and even fewer can manipulate them with the grace of Amanda Jernigan. I’ll say at the outset and somewhat cheekily that I dislike interviews. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? To see groundwokr your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I learned from him that a small-town Ontario girl or jdrnigan doesn’t have to play dumb.


Both these aspects of mask-making are important, I think: Enter your mobile number vroundwork email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One felt that things were shaping up, somehow, that it was getting on. This, perhaps, explains why certain poets, Atwood included, are remembered for their lighter verse, and others whose work seems more complex are virtually ignored.


They seem to have taken the place of serious reviewing or criticism. But empty it’s a better symbol. More or less yearly sinceJohn and I had hand-printed a poem of mine, and paired it with a photograph of his, as a kind of Christmas keepsake to send round to family and friends.

Although Excavations and First Principles are both exploratory and reflective, the most inward revelations come from Journeywork and Jernigan’s meditations on Homer’s Odyssey. And we corresponded for the next seven years, up until the time of his death my last letter from him arriving after he was gone. So this led me to wonder jetnigan you think at all about the pressures and imperatives to write about the here and now. Lists with This Book.