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