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Poetry. In her third book of poems, Kathleen Jesme asks what happens if the ordinary ways of knowing are taken away-if one is suddenly unable to see or hear, or has been stripped of the familiar past. What begins to show through when absence (or darkness) creates a different inner landscape? "THE PLUM-STONE GAME is a delicate reconstruction of sense-memory and its eros: with archeological precision Kathleen Jesme revitalizes the broken vessel of the world, giving us one beautiful version of its amphora after another. The poems hold; they retain light and joy and the fierce electric charges of the body. Here is a poet who has wearied of the ways in which language has been used to show us the impossibility of meaning. She is refreshingly unafraid of the sensual power of poetry, its difficulties, and its ability to comprehend the larger sphere of being"--D.A. Powell.
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Jesme's third collection is a sweeping book made up of serial poems-long sequences of short, tonally related lyrics-that meditate on pastoral, aesthetic and domestic themes. The two longest series, "The Little Hour," and "I will not let thee go except thou bless me," delve deep into the sensuality of brief, everyday occurrences with a radiant clarity. The speaker of "In June or July" (part of "The Little Hour") could be talking about the poem's author: "She uses the smallest sensual experience- / her fingers pulling apart the tiny rootlets of peat moss / and then separating the plants." Jesme focuses on and illuminates small experiences. Many of the poems are thick with aesthetic revelry, and while taken singly they can underwhelm, their cumulative effect can be mesmerizing. There's attention to the power of lyrical lacunae, as in the poems of Cole Swenson and Mei-mei Bersenbrugge, but there are also traces of narrative woven throughout, most notably in the opening prose poem series "Lives of the Saints": "I was a boy like other boys, except that I had murdered my sister. There was a lot of atonement required." It's tantalizing, and shows Jesme's gift for creating atmosphere, something she demonstrates throughout these luminous glimpses of various lives. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934103036
  • Publisher: Ahsahta Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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