Resonance (January 2010)
By Richard JacksonISBN: 978-0-912592-69-5
Winner of the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry
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"It's the combination of soulfulness, intellectual rigor, and a courtly, almost Petrarchian ardor for the beloved that has always fueled Richard Jackson's poetry. They are also poems of dazzling associative vigor--funny, elegic, and political by turns. I wish that more of our poets possessed his big heart and breadth, and RESONANCE is his best collection yet. "
- David Wojahn
"It's true. Richard Jackson's underground river beneath the Nile is six times bigger. Many small rivers joined it (him) and empowered his voice. Yes, he does this to his peers. You, tender, wise, wounded, generous and responsible child, your melody is unmistakably only yours. Have you eaten us? Do we flow too?"
- Tomaz Šalamun
"Richard Jackson has become one of our most important poets. His subjects are those for which poetry originally came into being, The essentials are his songs, his precepts, his adoration, his companions. It isn't any simple solace he offers, but it's solace nonetheless that he lends us."
- James Tate
"What you find in Richard Jaclson's great heart and spirit is poetry of generosity and fearless attention you won't find anywhere else. RESONANCE stops me in my tracks, it shifts my brainwaves around."
- Dara Wier
Previous Praise for Jackson's Work:
"It's range of control, in its rich, ruminating prosody, in its capacity to contain all that it imagines, and especially in its power to place the corruptions of the world against those of the heart, it represents a poetry of scale, in fine yet compelling excess, informed "indeed exalted" by intelligence, irony, vision."
- Stanley Plumly
"I think he is either the god Hermes or a sparrow. He is certainly a messenger. And what he says is contained in a single word, although it comes out as amazement, anger, joy, sadness, in an astounding cascade of images, and in a variety of tongues. He is a poet of great sweep and vision. He is deeply tender. He is a master of music; one of our finest poets."
- Gerald Stern
About the Author
Richard Jackson is the author of nine previous books of poetry, two books of criticism, a translation from Slovene, and several chapbooks. He is a winner of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEA, NEH and Witter-Bynner Fellowships, five Pushcart appearances, as well as prizes from Prairie Schooner, Rattle and Crazyhorse. He was a recipient of the Slovene Order of Freedom Award for Humanitarian and Literary work in the Balkans. He has taught at the Iowa Summer Festival, Prague Summer Program, Bread Loaf and other venues, and teaches at UT-Chattanooga and the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency program, winning teaching awards at both schools.
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