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Albedo

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Poetry. A collection of tricksters from Anton Mesmer to the inexplicable gods of Ovid; fairy-tale characters and figures from memory; the white blanket of snow in the far north across which a small plane flies: these recurrent images haunt and populate Jesme's ALBEDO. "A small abyss becomes / larger with use," she writes, yet in examining the mostly ordinary and sometimes extraordinary ways in which the individual comes to perceive and love the world, Jesme acknowledges a landscape of "dormancy for the duration"...
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Poetry. A collection of tricksters from Anton Mesmer to the inexplicable gods of Ovid; fairy-tale characters and figures from memory; the white blanket of snow in the far north across which a small plane flies: these recurrent images haunt and populate Jesme's ALBEDO. "A small abyss becomes / larger with use," she writes, yet in examining the mostly ordinary and sometimes extraordinary ways in which the individual comes to perceive and love the world, Jesme acknowledges a landscape of "dormancy for the duration" with poems that confront multiple mournings.

"Poetry's truest measure is not language but time, and our best poetry reveals its trust in the paradox of its wordless foundation. 'Time does not enter it/ or does,' Kathleen Jesme writes, 'but in a slant way because/ words are history/ and hoax.' ALBEDO derives its considerable power from what it knows to be hoax and homestead at once, and time dwells in the book as sequence, as series, and as discrete lyric, its totality poignantly multiple in a measure made sacred by faith. A liturgical calendar counted out in weeks of weather and grief, trees and seasons, deaths and animals, this is a devotional book of hours bound in snow, a missal for those for whom 'god is organic/and arrives from the inside.'"—Brian Teare

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2014
The term albedo references a surface's ability to reflect solar energy, and whether Jesme's poems travel a winter landscape ("the road narrowed with snow and twilight") or fly above it, as the poet's deceased father did, they have the lambency of light sharply reflected. Working her way through grief, Jesme observes white and dark everywhere as she touches on primal fears. And the snow keeps falling. —BH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934103500
  • Publisher: Ahsahta Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,018,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Jesme is the author of five collections of poetry: ALBEDO (Ahsahta Press, 2014), MERIDIAN (Tupelo Press, 2012), winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize; THE PLUM-STONE GAME (Ahsahta Press, 2009); Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize (Pleiades Press, 2005); and Fire Eater (University of Tampa Press, 2003). Jesme holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnesota.
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