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Transparent Gestures

Transparent Gestures

by Rodney Jones
     
 

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On receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1990 for his third book, Transparent Gestures, Rodney Jones was hailed as "a brand-new world-class poet." This collection of poems, rich in irony, sensuousness, and pleasure, reveals his robust, humorous, earthy, and cerebral view of reality and his exploration of all regions and sensibilities of American life

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On receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1990 for his third book, Transparent Gestures, Rodney Jones was hailed as "a brand-new world-class poet." This collection of poems, rich in irony, sensuousness, and pleasure, reveals his robust, humorous, earthy, and cerebral view of reality and his exploration of all regions and sensibilities of American life.

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"Jones' poems cannot be absorbed in a single reading; but amply reward prolonged scrutiny." Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In long, rambling stanzas, the speakers in these poems tackle complex philosophical issues, often with startling imagery: ``When coyotes hunt, they come as a clean silence / comes to a text.'' With extreme sensitivity, Jones ( The Unborn ) contrasts the Old South--its religion, its slavery--with the New South of the adult personae here. In one moving passage, grandparents sit at a table saying grace while a grandson worships the potato pie: ``The sweeter the pie, the shorter the prayer.'' Poems about childhood are especially forceful, offering almost erotic insights into the boy-into-man cycle. Pubescents ``endure the first hormonal surge'' at the same time that ``they still harbor toys: stuffed animals forgetting / their names, incomplete sets, trucks with broken grilles''; the body of the first girl whom the narrator sees without clothes is confused with a relative's corpse: ``I grieved them both and loved steadily as I grieved.'' Jones's poems cannot be absorbed in a single reading, but amply reward prolonged scrutiny. (June)
Library Journal
This is a rich, personal, and complex book that draws on the full powers of memory and imagination. Jones writes beautifully about the epiphanies of childhood and adolescence, the girl who attacked him with ``a number 2 Eagle pencil,'' the tragic car wreck remembered as the ``windshield's splintering lens,'' and the sexual initiations involving ``fishy condoms.'' Other poems are quite topical and contemporary, including those on oil spills, graffiti, shopping malls, and the Challenger disaster. The best poems, however, are the purely imaginary efforts, where Jones writes in an absolutely personal idiom, as in ``Pastoral for Derrida.'' In that poem--and in the book as a whole--he explores the dialectic of language and silence, making memorable art from ``the ore of words.'' Highly recommended for collections emphasizing poetry.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395510636
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/07/1989
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.18(d)

Meet the Author


Rodney Jones is the author of eleven books of poems. His many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches in the low-residency MFA creative writing program at Warren Wilson College and lives in New Orleans and Southern Illinois.

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