White Nights

White Nights

by Alan Jenkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937679460
Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

ALAN JENKINS was born in 1955 and has lived for most of his life in London, where he works at the Times Literary Supplement. He has taught creative writing in Paris and the United States, and is currently poet-in-residence at St John’s College, Cambridge. His earlier collections of poetry includeHarm, A Shorter Life, Revenants, Marine (with John Kinsella) and Paper-Money Lyrics. A Short History of Snakes: New and Selected Poems was published in the U.S.. 

Table of Contents

From Lives of the Poet
To Louise
Christ in the Olive-Grove
Voyage to Cythera
Long After (Baudelaire)
Long After (Mallarmé)
Vesuvius & Co.
Classical Walpurgisnacht
First Soirée
The Drunken Boat
The Plundered Heart
Winter Coming On
Long After (Oscar Vladislas de Lubicz Milosz)
Long After (Francis Jammes)
Elsa at the Mirror
The Laforgue of Pearson Park: A Fantasia
I Could Write the Saddest Lines
Little Bequest
The Breakfast
Itch (The Flea's Retort)
At the Grave of Joseph Brodsky

What People are Saying About This

Rosanna Warren

“InWhite Nights, Alan Jenkins is conjurer, ventriloquist, medium, ghost writer. He’s writing through the ghosts of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Laforgue, Larkin, Auden, and Brodsky as much as they whisper through him. ‘Translation’ doesn’t begin to cover the case. These are poems of lyric communion: sour notes, eros, melancholy, cauterizing ironies, a participatory and fully mastered art. A tour de force.”

Mary Ann Caws

“Each of these Jenkins nights, in the various styles so hauntingly reminiscent of poems and persons we’ve most loved, awakes in us something beyond nostalgia, remembered and yet predictive. Fortunate are those poets he comes after or long after, as are we readers. This is luminous stuff, triumphant recall and ongoing venture—really wonderful!”

Colm Tóibín

“These poems are wry, well crafted, ironic, knowing, eloquent and filled with rhythmic energy. There are single stanzas or couplets that are outstanding, utterly breathtaking. There is a tone of unquiet desperation at the heart of Jenkins' enterprise; it can fall to melancholy or, if he wishes, rise to hilarity or have a manic undertone. There is a lovely erotic charge in many of the poems, a sense of luxe, calme et volupté in the cadences.”

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