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Major Jackson and Didi Jackson | An Evening of Poetry

m jackson & d jacksonWe are thrilled to celebrate new books by both Major Jackson and Didi Jackson during National Poetry Month!

Inspired by the philosophy of Albert Camus, Major Jackson's fifth volume, The Absurd Man, subtly configures the poet as "absurd hero." In these poems, the arc of a man emerges as he confronts his past and questions who he is as a father, as a husband, as a son, and as a poet.

Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award, and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. He edited Best American Poetry 2019 and is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. He is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont.

In her compelling debut collection Moon Jar, Didi Jackson explores the life-altering and heart-rending loss of a husband to suicide. She portrays her grief and her healing as a person, a mother, a wife. Like the Korean porcelain moon jar, these poems mark and celebrate the imperfection of existence.

Didi Jackson's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. After having lived most of her life in Florida, she currently lives in South Burlington, and teaches creative writing at the University of Vermont. 

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT
The Absurd Man: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324004554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to confirm availability)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 25th, 2020

In this knock-out collection, Major Jackson savors the complexity between perception and reality, the body and desire, accountability and judgment.


Moon Jar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597098175
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now!
Published: Red Hen Press - April 21st, 2020

In her intimately compelling debut collection Moon Jar, Didi Jackson explores the life-altering and heart-rending loss of a husband to suicide. In an effort to understand this unforeseen and inexplicable act, she maps with immense candor the emotional difficulty of continuing her responsibility as a mother while attempting to regain a sense of normalcy.