A Night without Armor

A Night without Armor

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061073625
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/03/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii(2)
Preface xv
As a Child I Walked
1(1)
The Bony Ribs of Adam
2(1)
Wild Horse
3(1)
Bukowsky's Widow
4(2)
You Tell Me
6(1)
Paramount, NY, 9:34 A.M.
7(1)
It Has Been Long
8(1)
Too Many Nights
9(1)
I Look at Young Girls Now
10(1)
Seattle
11(1)
Saved from Myself
12(1)
Taking the Slave
13(1)
Sun Bathing
14(1)
Red Roof Inn, Boston
15(1)
So Just Kiss Me
16(1)
Second Thoughts in Columbus, Ohio
17(1)
Cautious
18(1)
The Dark Bells
19(2)
The Inertia of a Lonely Heart
21(1)
Collect Beads of Night
22(1)
Communion
23(1)
Love Poem
24(2)
Father of a Deaf Girl
26(1)
Dionne & I
27(1)
IB
28(2)
The Slow Migration of Glaciers
30(2)
Tai Pei
32(1)
Tai Pei 2
33(1)
Tai Pei 3
34(2)
In the South of England Somewhere
36(1)
1966
37(1)
A Couple Sitting on a Bench
38(1)
Envy
39(1)
Pretty
40(1)
Those Certain Girls
41(1)
Sausages
42(1)
Though I am 8
43(1)
Dylan
44(2)
Vincent Said
46(1)
Camouflage
47(1)
Sara Said
48(2)
Parking Lot
50(1)
Coffee Shop
51(1)
I Say to You Idols
52(1)
Steady Yourself
53(2)
Awaken, Love
55(2)
Gather Yourself
57(1)
You
58(1)
Bleary eyed
59(1)
I Miss Your Touch
60(1)
Night Falls
61(1)
We Have Been Called
62(3)
Underage
65(1)
Grimshaw
66(2)
A Slow Disease
68(1)
All the Words
69(1)
You Are Not
70(2)
The Strip 1
72(1)
The Strip 2
73(1)
Shush
74(1)
I Am Not from Here
75(2)
Infatuation
77(1)
The Fall
78(1)
Long Has a Cloak
79(1)
Mercy
80(1)
Compass
81(1)
Freedom
82(1)
Road Spent
83(1)
Christmas in Hawaii
84(1)
Spoiled
85(1)
Red Light District, Amsterdam
86(1)
Lovers for Lilly
87(2)
Lemonade
89(1)
We Talk
90(2)
Spivey Leaks
92(1)
Forgetful
93(1)
Lost
94(1)
Still Life
95(1)
I Don't Suppose Raindrops
96(2)
Sometimes
98(1)
Blanketed by a Citrus Smile
99(2)
The Road
101(1)
I Guess What I Wanted Was
102(1)
Insecurity
103(1)
I Am Patient
104(1)
The Things You Fear
105(1)
The Chase
106(1)
Fragile
107(1)
I'm Writing to Tell You
108(2)
And So to Receive You
110(2)
Fat
112(1)
Junky
113(1)
Austin, TX, Sheraton Hotel, 2 A.M.
114(1)
I Keep Expecting You To
115(1)
P.S.
116(1)
Gold Fish
117(1)
New Moon
118(2)
Someone to Know Me
120(1)
Traffic
121(2)
Home
123(1)
After the Divorce
124(2)
May Brought Longer Days
126(1)
Crazy Cow
127(2)
Sauna
129(1)
The Tangled Roots of Willows
130(1)
Goodness (A Poem for Shane)
131(2)
Wolves in the Canyon
133(1)
God Exists Quietly
134(2)
Miracle
136(2)
List of Illustrations
138

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Night Without Armor: Poems 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stick to song writing.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
She's not a great poet. I think she's a better singer, but she has some pretty good lines in this book.
hammockqueen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
nice poetry from a girl who loves alaska.
realbigcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The singer/song writer Jewel makes a descent attempt in her book of poetry. Honest and to the heart her poems cover relationships, family, her life on the road and her home of Alaska. While many of these poems are short and simplistic others show deep thought and feelings of an accomplished poet.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this book. Some of her poems were less than exciting but some were amazing. It's a short collection but still interesting to read.
RosesAreRed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some really great poems in this book. I've had it for several years, and still pick it up off the shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in high school and loved it. Many of the works are simplistic, but honest; a great start off point for someone wanting to get into poetry to read.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jewel is a woman after my own heart.her mind speaks freely in poetry
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Jewel as a songwriter but when I picked up her book in B&N and read one of her poems, I was mesmerized. Every poem is exquiste and thought-provoking. No need for rhymes or even standard poetic rhythms. This is one book of modern poetry that should defintely be read and reread.