Paperbound, 64 pp. Amanda Jernigan, Groundwork Emeryville: Biblioasis, Amanda Jernigan, whose Groundwork has both a broad ideational structure and a framework of familiar narratives, composes her poems in clear and direct sentences, often moving into the casual simplicity of direct speech in dramatic lyrics. Jernigan builds a context in which compression can thrive; Banks builds sentences that reflect the connections the associative mind sees in its subjects. While the game itself is almost a guilty pleasure, Jernigan plays it well. Father and son have a biblical resonance where passing the ball is, metaphorically, the move from Old Testament to the New Testament, from the alpha of Genesis to the omega of Revelations she could also intend Adam and Cain or Abel, with Adam passing on original sin.
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Few poets today are versed in the archetypes that inform the European tradition, and even fewer can manipulate them with the grace of Amanda Jernigan. With rivers of exquisite prosody and a panoramic intellectual scope, her Groundwork has recharted the poetic landscape — and by doing so, has changed it forever.
And she has a light, perfecting touch. With Groundwork, Jernigan arrives not as a wide-eyed first-timer, but as a wide-eyed master. They are light and song-like but they are also profound. She has the lovely singing line, though the poems bite too; that strengthens the melody. Get A Copy. Paperback , 60 pages. Published October 25th by Biblioasis first published September 10th More Details Pat Lowther Memorial Award Nominee Other Editions 3.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Groundwork , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Groundwork. Jan 01, Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves: forty-forpersonal-challenge , poetry , mythology , read-in , read-in I imagine Amanda Jernigan wandering her world with a spade, that multifarious tool of violence and recovery, with a personal mission to not just penetrate but live within.
So she takes her spade to archaeological digs and the Garden of Eden and the Mediterranean and Newfoundland and quiet New Brunswick and bustling Ontario -- all places of her mind as much as her body -- and she spades shovelfuls over her shoulder and roughens her hands with handle callouses and the dirt she brushes aside. Her ar I imagine Amanda Jernigan wandering her world with a spade, that multifarious tool of violence and recovery, with a personal mission to not just penetrate but live within.
Her arm muscles vibrate with the aftershocks of a blow she delivers with the blade of the spade to some unruly mythological figure. Her feet grow weary from the journey, so she lies in the grass beside her spade and dreams of the places she's invaded and explored and decides to give them to us so we can share.
But first she crawls under the sod and cools herself amongst the worms and subterranean damp, and later she comes up clean and unsoiled by her journey, being with it and apart all at once. She made me feel that as I read her poems, some of the most beautiful I've read in quite some time, and when a poet makes me feel as deeply as she, I will give them all my attention forever.
Write us more, Amanda Jernigan. Please write us more. View all 5 comments. Jun 08, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: poetry. It may sound simplistic, but perhaps the most surprising feature of Amanda Jernigan's Groundwork is that some of the poems actually rhymed. After reading at least a poem a day for the past year and a half, it caught me off guard to actually to come across rhyming poems outside of Dr. It was refreshing! The poems here are divided into three themes: an archeological dig, the Garden of Eden, and Homer's Odyssey.
Of these, I liked the Eden poems the most. The following stanza from the poem "Of It may sound simplistic, but perhaps the most surprising feature of Amanda Jernigan's Groundwork is that some of the poems actually rhymed. The following stanza from the poem "Off-Season" stood out in particular: Peopled, Eden was, it's true, A pleasant park in which to ramble; I myself once found it so. But empty it's a better symbol. Simple, yes, but I tend to like the simple poems the best. May 06, Marybeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-of I went to a reading by Amanda Jernigan 2 years ago and was blown away by her poetry, so I finally took the time to reread them and once again I was amazed.
They're just really fantastic. Of course I may be biased because many of the poems in this book are based in and around Classical mythology ok mostly the Iliad and Odyssey but man. They are good. Jan 13, ! Dec 26, Jules rated it liked it Shelves: poetry , owned. Although Excavations and First Principles are both exploratory and reflective, the most inward revelations come from Journeywork and Jernigan's meditations on Homer's Odyssey. Drekington rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Kate Mildew rated it really liked it Nov 10, Evelyn rated it really liked it Jul 23, Chris Pugh rated it it was amazing May 09, Alice rated it did not like it Dec 02, Sydney rated it really liked it Apr 22, Carey Jernigan rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Megan Abes rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Carolyn rated it liked it Feb 08, Kim rated it really liked it Apr 02, Becky Martin rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Craig Power rated it really liked it Mar 15, Zo rated it liked it Apr 19, Alex Boyd rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Chris Hutchinson rated it liked it May 04, Arun Budhathoki rated it liked it May 22, AR rated it liked it Jan 28, Dariyn Campbell rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Melissa Bennett rated it it was amazing Feb 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Matt Fraser rated it liked it Mar 21, Biblioasis rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Debbie Hill rated it really liked it Feb 18, Laven Sukumaran rated it liked it Apr 02, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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