Jam

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As the title implies, Jam features of wealth of poems driven by a distinct music resulting from Joe-Anne McLaughlin's studies in both jazz and blues. Propelled by strong rhythms and line breaks, McLaughlin's poems present a variety of characters trying to get by on the strength of ?Waller's boogies / or Morton's rolls / Hot Lips' riffs / or Bessie's groans.? An original and exciting voice, McLughlin's poems are introduced by award-winning poet and essayist Stephen Dunn.

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Overview

As the title implies, Jam features of wealth of poems driven by a distinct music resulting from Joe-Anne McLaughlin's studies in both jazz and blues. Propelled by strong rhythms and line breaks, McLaughlin's poems present a variety of characters trying to get by on the strength of “Waller's boogies / or Morton's rolls / Hot Lips' riffs / or Bessie's groans.” An original and exciting voice, McLughlin's poems are introduced by award-winning poet and essayist Stephen Dunn.

Joe-Anne McLaughlin is the author of The Banshee Diaries, published in Canada in 1998. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and was included in the Puschart Prize Anthology VIII. She lives in Munnsville, New York.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781929918041
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Pages: 75
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Introit 7
Home Sickness 8
Black Irish Blues 9
Nearly 12
Abishag's Brag 13
Ms. Murphy, To You 14
Practice 15
Existentially Speaking 17
Ancient Francesca 18
Prison 19
Abishag Enjoins Her Cats to Eat 21
Hush 25
Complicated 27
Abishag Confronts Her Mirror After a Stroll 29
On Instinct 30
Bad Medicine 32
Rather 33
Across the Green 34
Psalm of Ramona 35
Emergency Measures 36
Loose Children 38
Percussion 39
Coming Home from the Circus My Son Makes Me Promise Not to Say "Bear" 40
Accidental Mercy 41
The Parents They Would Be 42
Half Note for Hayden 45
Poster Postnote: For Memoirs By Post-Plaster Caster, Post-Projective Verse, Post-Pop History Sisters 46
Why I'm Always Playing with My Hair, What This Has to Do with My Life 48
Of the Pleasures 49
Abishag: To the Tune of Fats Waller's "Rockin' Chair" 50
Muse Tune 51
February 14th, 1986 53
Intraterrestrials 54
Marilyn, Marilyn 56
Gall 57
Arrangements I 58
Abishag: Our Lady of Sorrows Rest Home, February 14, 1983 59
The Princess and the Uzi 63
Fort Western 65
A Brood of Critics; A Mischief of Poets 66
Song for Adam 67
Night Court at Solomon's 68
Instead of You 69
Evening Star 70
Night Gardening 73
Don't Explain 74
Aubade 75
Acknowledgments 77
About the Author 81
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