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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Of course, each of the sequences in Groundwork is quite different from the other sequences in the book, and this is the case formally as well as thematically: 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. But empty it’s a better symbol. Lists with This Book. Jay marked it as to-read Dec 31, Your poems take into account different kinds of time—planetary, mythical, historical—and the stories you tell often feel of another time, or even completely outside of time.

Though I love a good radio interview, with almost anyone: Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Still, we construct these arcs, these myths.

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I imagine Amanda Jernigan wandering her world with a spade, that multifarious tool of violence and recovery, with a personal mission to not just penetrate but live within. And I’m deeply dependent on it. I learned from him that a small-town Ontario girl or boy doesn’t have to play dumb.

After reading at least a poem a day for the past year and a half, it caught me off guard to actually to come across rhyming poems outside jerngian Dr. Therein lies the question: But on balance, your collections do not pitch themselves in secular or “ordinary time” to use a phrase I used to read as a child in weekly Mass leaflets.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But I think often of Northrop Frye’s distinction between primary concerns food, sex, shelter, liberty of movement [I’d add love, in its many forms] and secondary concerns patriotism, religion, class-conditioned attitudes and behaviors.


Upon the waters broke in waves on waves unbreaking and night jednigan, unveiling in its wake one perfect whitened rib of land. Thus, for instance—for me—motherhood.

But we need to figure out radically new ways to live in them. Can you comment on how you see the process amadna starting and ending a poem in this collection? She lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband, the artist John Haney. Good readers often ignore what writers say about their own work, of course — but it still seems a courtesy to be a touch evasive here!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It was as we remembered. One thought of dawn. I certainly don’t write for some kind of post-human future: I slept, and while I slept I dreamed, a breaking wave, a flowering tree, and all of one accord I seemed. Thanks for this considered and encouraging response. It’s a form of devotion.



Thank you grounswork and AJ. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. When I met Outram, I zmanda fresh out of my first year of university—nursing writerly ambitions, but with little sense of what sort of a writer I might be. Not that we can’t have cities: This may sound wildly ambitious, but I feel that any writer does the same, when he or she is working honestly with traditional materials.

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And the ability to command, in writing, an androgynous voice: Thanks for telling us about the problem. So my experience with poetry in languages other than English is almost entirely through translation: Becky Martin rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Is this the over-enthusiastic blurbing of a publicist or was your work indeed inspired by Yeats and a reaction to contemporary aesthetics? I’ll say at the outset and somewhat cheekily that I dislike interviews. But authority is ultimately prior.

My pet canary, William, died. Adam and Eve were drowned. Her first collection is Groundwork: But first she crawls under the sod and cools herself amongst the worms and subterranean damp, and later she comes up clean and unsoiled by her journey, being with it and apart all at once.

Arun Budhathoki rated it liked it May 22, Outram and Howard attended a fundraiser for whale scientists that my mother-in-law had organized.