Photographing Eden: Poems

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Photographing Eden presents the first full-length collection of poems by a remarkable new talent. Jason Gray's work emerges from the Edenic themes of spirituality, environmentalism, and the relationships between men and women. Observing, often through the lens of a camera, our state in the world, Gray tries to focus sharply on what often seems a blur. His poems are always attentive to artistic media and the craft behind them because our struggle is to make something perfect in the imperfect world in which we ...
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Overview

Photographing Eden presents the first full-length collection of poems by a remarkable new talent. Jason Gray's work emerges from the Edenic themes of spirituality, environmentalism, and the relationships between men and women. Observing, often through the lens of a camera, our state in the world, Gray tries to focus sharply on what often seems a blur. His poems are always attentive to artistic media and the craft behind them because our struggle is to make something perfect in the imperfect world in which we live, while acknowledging the impossibility of that quest.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Jason Gray’s gift is quiet but profound. He brings the same respectful eye to nature as to acts of art — an eye that adds its own light to the occasions. A book for delectation.”
— Heather McHugh, final judge

“(Gray’s) verse is the evident product of a disciplined mind, and it is even, more frequently than one might expect, beautiful.”
Pleiades

“Few poets are more with it than Jason Gray. It is better than that: he is equally at home with the urban and the ‘natural,’ the present and the past. He is enabled by a secure but unobtrusive technique.... His phrasing can be startling without being freakish. It is the rightness that startles.”
— Turner Cassity

“Photographing Eden is a book of postlapsarian poems intent not on naming the creatures of a new world, but on naming—and thus trying to reclaim—the losses of this one. By turns dark and whimsical, these poems offer field guides and museum tours, photographs and paintings, of our mythological prehistory and our shadowy future.”
— A. E. Stallings

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821418369
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Gray is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, How to Paint the Savior Dead, winner of the Wick Chapbook Award, and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo. His poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He coedits the online literary journal Unsplendid, www.unsplendid.com.
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Table of Contents

A Field Guide to the Dark 3

The First Mermaid 4

Running with My Father 5

Circus Circus 6

The Snow Leopard 7

Chiaroscuro 8

Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo 9

Sciomancy 11

We Have Our Inheritance 12

Tower of Babel 13

Aristaeus 14

The Snow Globe of Drowning Bears 15

Letter to the Unconverted 16

The Queen Died of Grief 17

Polar Bear at the Edge of a Hole in the Ice 19

Atlantis 20

Christmas with Kings 21

Termination Shock 23

Crossing the Border 25

The Old Balladeer Retires after Too Many Years of Hoping the Woman at Table 12 Would Understand He Was Singing to Her All That Time 29

The Little Sphinx 31

My Daughter as the Angel Gabriel in the Tableau Vivant of Van Grap's Annunciation 33

Paradis 34

Whitewater Rafting 35

Meditations of the Tomb Painters 37

Adam Gifts Eve with a Session of Boudoir Photography 40

Hey, You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 41

Somewhere in the Mediterranean 42

A Generic Pieta 43

Chagall in Heaven 44

The Enemies of Poise 45

You Put Your Right Hand In, You Take Your Left Hand Out 47

Merry Christmas, Titan 48

Memento Amori 49

Bear 50

Adam's Tongue 51

Stone Goddess 53

The Nature Trail 54

Your Art History 56

The End 60

Notes 61

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