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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These poems reach deep. I used to dig up pill bottles and groundhog skulls on the river bank behind my parents’ house.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Dec 26, Jules rated it liked it Shelves: Adina rated it liked it Jan 28, Jernigan is an essayist as well as a poet, and has written for the stage, collaborating with the members of DaPoPo Theatre in Halifax on the productions Four Actors in Search of a Groundwogk and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Madmanand on a public reading of her verse-play Drinking Song.

But I tend to go more for books or published magazines, on or off-line, than for blogs with a couple of exceptions.


Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The scholarship I found, groundwofk its minutiae, less interesting, so I schlepped off to the English department.

Still, we construct these arcs, these myths. They also speak to me. Whitehorse, in the Yukon: But, I am reassured, there is a factory upstream to replicate the bird in polyvinyl chloride: Then, too, I liked the idea of including wood engravings for their visual and haptic qualities: Craig Power rated it really liked it Mar 15, And I don’t mean to idealize the pre-industrial past.

Your poems have mystique. She lives and jerniban in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband, the artist John Haney. January 22, at 2: One felt that things were shaping up, somehow, that it was getting on.

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Where a good critic can enhance the mystique of a poet, interviewers perhaps inadvertently strip one of mystique.

Lists with This Book. With her partner, the artist John Haney, she has produced limited-edition books and broadsides under the imprint Daubers Press.

Now, in my thirties, with children, I think of the Christian stories of Annunciation and Nativity, and, in the Classical tradition, of various mothers: Julia Duncan marked it as to-read May 27, The poems, if you will, are an attempt at finding detail obscured, lost, or neglected and giving a fresh voice to characters such as Penelope.


And be young or old, human or anthropomorphized animal.

Mickey marked it as to-read Dec 17, Thanks for sharing, Amanda. Their rhythms bear a sense of inevitability that pierces to the heart. Did you have a model or models in your head other poems or other books as your work progressed or did you impose the structure after you had a whole batch of poems? January 21, at 5: But they gave me license to draw from the well of my childhood listening, and I think I’ve never stopped.

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Having read some of his work, now, I see reasons why my poems might have spoken to him. I imagine Amanda Jernigan wandering her world with a amadna, that multifarious tool of violence and recovery, with a personal mission to not just penetrate but live within. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I hope, too, that poems have a kind of resistance:

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