"Fearless hybridization.... Jordan creates spaces where physics and poetry, comic books and jazz, memory and loss, come together."American Prospect
This ambitious collection explores the intersection of the infinite world of physics with the perplexities of the human condition. Employing both narrative and cinematic structure, Jordan re-creates the lives of Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, and comic book superheroesthe Green Lantern, the Atomand also reveals himself in poems of recollection and loss.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.58(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.38(d)|
About the Author
A. Van Jordan is the author of Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Quantum Lyrics. Among other awards, he has received the Whiting Award, the Annisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the Pushcart Prize. A professor of English at the University of Michigan, he lives in Ann Arbor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautiful and telling, these are all wonderful poems. Now that I've read this book, I think Van Jordan may be cemented as my favorite contemporary author. There are intersections of science, physics, Einstein, Jazz, the Civil Rights movement, and comic book superheroes here, and every single poem is worth the read. The sequence around Einstein is especially fascination (even if you're not a science buff), but I do admit that some of the comic book hero inspired poems (there are maybe five or six all together) won't be all that accessable for readers who aren't at all familiar with the characters. Meanwhile, though, I have to recommend this book to all readers of contemporary poetry. Van Jordan has a way with language that just makes it sing, with each poem and statement becoming more powerful than the last. This is one of the few collections I have which will be repeatedly re-read in full.
Geekgasm poetry for the inner scientist/super hero in you.