A Night Without Armor

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One of the most respected artists in popular music today, Jewel is much more than a music industry success with her debut album selling more than 10 million copies.

Before her gifted songwriting comes an even more individual art: Poetry.

Now available in paperback, A Night without Armor highlights the poetry of Jewel taken from her journals which are both intimate and inspiring, to be embraced and enjoyed.

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Overview

One of the most respected artists in popular music today, Jewel is much more than a music industry success with her debut album selling more than 10 million copies.

Before her gifted songwriting comes an even more individual art: Poetry.

Now available in paperback, A Night without Armor highlights the poetry of Jewel taken from her journals which are both intimate and inspiring, to be embraced and enjoyed.

Writing poems and keeping journals since childhood, Jewel has been searching for truth and meaning, turning to her words to record, to discover, and to reflect.

In A Night Without Armor, her first collection of poetry, Jewel explores the fire of first love, the lessons of betrayal, and the healing of intimacy. She delves into matters of the home, the comfort of family, the beauty of Alaska, and the dislocation of divorce.

Frank and honest, serious and suddenly playful, A Night Without Armor is a talented artist's intimate portrait of what makes us uniquely human.

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Editorial Reviews

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For people who don't regularly follow MTV (which unfortunately includes most of those who listen to poetry), Jewel will seem to have sprung up out of nowhere. But the 23-year-old Alaska native has four albums to her credit and several web sites. A veteran of the coffee-house scene around San Diego, she brings to mind those New York spots of the late 1950s, where Dylan Thomas played and where there was an open poetry mike. Moreover, Jewel's poems are reasonably good. Sure, there are too many prepositions and some cliched images; an attempt to be philosophical is laughable; and many "poems" are nothing more than fragments. But a lot of the material is also straightforward and deeply honest, e.g., "I am told I am adored by millions, but no one calls." Certainly, she's as good as Leonard Cohen and deserves serious attention from poetry lovers. Released simultaneously as a book, CD, and cassette.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061073625
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/3/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 615,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jewel

A bestselling writer of poetry and prose, Jewel is also an actress and performer. She has recorded four bestselling albums and also starred in Ang Lee's film Ride with the Devil. Her first book, A Night Without Armor, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in California.

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Preface

"Some people react physically to the magic of poetry, to the moments, that is, of authentic revelation, of the communication, the sharing, at its highest level. . . . A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him." —Dylan Thomas (1913-1953)

From an early age, my mother would gather me and my brothers after school for "workshops" in music, visual art, and writing. I grew to love the poems of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Rumi, Yeats, and others that she read to us. She read her own compositions, as well, and taught us to write our own. For me poetry allowed word to be given to the things that otherwise had no voice, and I discovered the strength and soul of poetry—through it we come to know; we are led to feel, sense, and to expand our understanding beyond words.

Long before I wrote my first song, words formed as poems in my journals; and poetry drives my song writing today. My songs are strongly influenced by Pablo Neruda, Bukowsky, Octavio Paz; and musically I admire the great poetic lyricists like many of the writers of Tin Pan Alley, and others, like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waites. Each forged the bridge from poetry to music.

I’ve learned that not all poetry lends itself to music—some thoughts need to be sung only against the silence. There are softer and less tangible parts of ourselves that are so essential to openheartedness, to peace, to unfolding the visionand the spiritual realm of our lives, to exposing our souls. Poetry is a passage into those parts of our being where we understand who we have been and where we discover and decide who and what we will be. It makes us intimate with ourselves and others and with the human experience. It stirs the Divine within us and whispers all the things there are no words for, and this is essential to bring balance and dimension to the human expression.

Poetry is the most honest and immediate art form that I have found, it is raw and unfiltered. It is a vital, creative expression and deserves to find greater forums, to be more highly valued, understood, and utilized in our culture and in our lives. There is such wonderful poetry in the world that wants to be given voice. My hope is to help inspire an appreciation and expression of that voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Not very good

    This book looks like a 9 year old wrote it, and the only reason im giving it 2 stars is because she tried her best. Another thing i noticed is that its not a very appropiate gift to give to a teen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Night Without Armor

    A great book of poetry by an amazing singer/songwriter. If you love Jewel's music than you will love her poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    Raw emotion written across these pages...

    Raw emotion written across these pages is so amazing. I can't believe that someone would be so bold and daring to let everyone know about their lives. Jewel can't take an emotional experience and write about it, and everyone can relate to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Exceeded Expectations

    Someone gave me this book as a gift and I was skeptical at first because I've never been a big fan of her music. However, her poems exceeded my expectations and I was very pleased to be able to add this book to my ever-growing poetry collection. The poems put you in her shoes and really make you feel....that's what great poetry is all about! Well done, Jewell!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Oppressively Mediocre

    Jewel's 'A Night Without Armour' reads like a dictonary of the cliche. Her failed attempts at grasping the poetic voice make it impenetrable, and its embrace of pop culture banality makes it unbearable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Neruda in Female Form

    Stunning, with the power, simplicity, and twists of Pablo Neruda. Truely assessible with overflowing word value. I hope there will be another book soon. Read and re-read, enjoy and re-joy this collection till then!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Simple but True

    I love this book of poems... I love Jewel as a singer/songwriter, but also as a poet. Even the simplest works carry about of meaning, and I feel that most critics don't understand that it is a universal thing.... it's a work that seems to me to be aimed at everyone, not just the literature and poetry elite. But those of us that are 'common' everyday people. So maybe next time the critics need to ask the people who are reading her work and hearing her songs, and not just they're high and mighty selves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Poetic Beauty

    This is an amazing book of verse that flows very smoothly. Jewel's talent for wordage is complemented nicely by her Christian and humanitarian point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Jewel is amazing!

    I love this book, I even own it on tape. Whenever I need a bit of inspiration I can just pick up this book and read one page and know that someone else feels the same way I do. All I can say is that Jewel is an amazing woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Beautiful and well written!

    I loved this book!It was honest, beautiful and very deep.I don't think people should tell Jewel that she should stick to songwriting.She writes poetry because she enjoys it.I dont think you should tell her what to do.You should try writing your own poems then you can talk.Hah the only people who don't like Jewel's poems are shallow,immature,hipocrites and/or little kids.Grow up Jewel is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Wonderful

    I am thirteen years old (2002)and have enjoyed Jewel Kilcher's songs since I was seven or eight.She has a wonderful voice and writes songs that are honest and have to do with real life.I recently bought this book and really enjoyed it.The poems touched me and inspired me to write my own poetry.I have nothing against people who don't like Jewel.I must say I like her WAY more than Britney Spears.Britney Spears is a sex object and really doesnt put her heart or soul into her music as Jewel does.Jewel purpousely put a selection of good and bad poems together to show people that poetry is honest and not always perfect.I strongely recommend this poetry book to anyone who enjoys Jewel's songs.Thank you Jewel, you are my idol forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2002

    Descritpitve Poems

    Jewel's personal poems of her most gribing moments of her life. From falling in love to the hard and harsh realities of heart break.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Jewel is my idol

    I loved this book. I've had it for a while and I still read it. I write poems/songs/ and everyday journal entries like her, and it's a great inspiration. When I think I've run out of ideas, I read her books and I'm inspired all over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    Just something I noticed....

    I have not read the book completely as of yet, however I have read excerpts from the book. As far as I am concerned, her poetry is good, and regardless of what we think, she has amount to something most people cannot. I am mainly here to say -Do you notice that the ones who think her book is bad or mediocre, are the ones who cannot spell or speak a simple sentence using correct grammar? Funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2001

    Very inspiring poetry.

    I love this book because it brings out the great things in poetry and its a hands on great poetry book and the author really brings out her feelins and dreams and other things,but i love to read it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    A avrege but nice book

    I like Jewel, and I have to admit I was weary about this book. My friend read this book and she said it was not very good, but I don't really take other peoples advice. And I decided to read it anyway, and it is not the best book I have read, but it still is pretty good. And it is a much better book then I thought it would be. I knew it would be touching and pretty because thats what her songs are like. And it was, but it was avrege to me. I have read and even written better pomes then that. Sorry Jewel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    A night with Jewel

    Absolutely great ! Amazing ! Sparkling ! Charming ! The poems are so incredible, the pictures are so unique and the cover is so artistic ! Jewel makes your dream of romance come surface across your mind. You read this book, it seems that you're sitting beside Jewel. This is the modern poem book that you must have !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    A Book For Continued reading

    More than 2 years old, and I still find myself reading this book by Jewel. As well, I also still find myself buying it as gifts for family, friends, and associates. Jewel expresses herself as a true artist, in any form she wishes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Rare insight

    Jewel gives a rare and inspiring insight to human nature,her feelings as a child, and love. I look forward to her future work.

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