The three sequences of Groundwork comprise a sophisticated reworking of European myth on the order of Yeats’s The Tower. The first is situated by an. Editor’s Note (Jan 13, ): Amanda Jernigan’s book Groundwork, from which these poems were excerpted, was named one of the top five. Amanda Jernigan’s debut poetry collection forwards a critique of contemporary aesthetics and knowledge production. From archaeological excavations in.

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Thanks for sharing, Amanda. Jan 01, Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I suspect that what she is getting at, with the bit about Yeats, is less a matter of influence though there are Yeatsian echoes in Groundwork than a matter of shared ambition and intention: Dec 26, Jules rated it liked it Shelves: And I’m deeply dependent on it.

And it also builds in one the itch—perhaps, too, the ability—to do something that’s radically one’s own. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But there’s an ethical imperative, too, to writing about the world as we know it.

Evan added it Jul 12, When I was in my peripatetic twenties, I thought a lot about the Odyssey —also the initial stories of Genesis, with their reflections on beginnings and on relationships, personal, creative, and ecological. A lot of what’s around me seems amanra For the reasons you note, among others.

Each of the three sequences was composed, for the most part, independently, prior to my sense that I might gather groundsork into a triptych; but once the idea of a triptych was conceived, I began to sense the through-lines — and these through-lines ultimately became very important to me.


Start reading Groundwork on your Kindle in under a minute. Preview — Groundwork by Amanda Jernigan. In keeping with the maxim that truth is stranger than jetnigan, both “The Marble King” and the woman in “Favourite” are based, albeit loosely, on people in my life.

I am deeply in love with humanity, and I write for humanity, and in the amanxa that, in spite of much evidence to the contrary, we are worth saving. Then, too, I liked the idea of including wood engravings for their visual and haptic qualities: And it happens that Tara, in addition to being a publicist, is a tremendously erudite scholar and poet — so I do trust both her judgment and her literary integrity.


Nick marked it as to-read Jan 09, I had discovered in conversation that Outram was a poet. They are powerful magical objects, jerniagn they would be so if we never knew anything about you. She writes out of what she calls a scholarly aesthetic, a formal and referential rootedness in tradition and wide-reading.

E-mail is a mailbox that can cough up a missive at any jernkgan, and for that reason it’s a terrible, constant distraction. What was your education in poetry like? And I don’t mean to idealize the pre-industrial past. Christian Wiman at Poetry took poems of mine inwhen I’d published very little in Canada, and not at all in the States. Do I wake or sleep?

Groundwork – Biblioasis

Thus, for instance—for me—motherhood. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. That was a wealth of experience, and a well of trouble, too, and there are ways in which I think I’m still recovering—and, on the other hand, still reveling in the settled glories of home.


Interview: Amanda Jernigan (2012)

In very broad terms, the style of what became recognized as Canadian poetry was simple-sounding, chatty, intimate but never overwhelmingly passionate, well-mannered, pleasantly funny, in obligatory free verse I am particularly happy to hear what you say about the cadence of these poems.

She lives in Gainesville. The following stanza from the poem “Off-Season” stood out in particular: 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: English Choose a language for shopping.

To access the collection you go up three flight of stairs, then into a Stygian lobby, where you groubdwork yourself of anything with pockets. Learn more about Amazon Prime.


Inthe critic Alberto Manguel wrote:. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jamie Ross marked it as to-read Dec 29, They are light and song-like but they are also profound. I learned from him that a small-town Ontario girl or boy doesn’t have to play dumb. For that reason, too, I don’t “do” social media at all: These poems reach deep.

Jetnigan for favorite salad: The scholarship I found, in its minutiae, less interesting, so I schlepped off to the English department.