Imaginary Logic

Imaginary Logic A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award winning poet Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive deeply meditative and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Jones

  • Title: Imaginary Logic
  • Author: Rodney Jones
  • ISBN: 9780547479781
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award winning poet Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Jones s distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless The Art of HeaveA new collection from a Kingsley Tufts Award winning poet Imaginary Logic is a brilliantly expansive, deeply meditative, and at times wildly imaginative collection of poems that combines Rodney Jones s distinctive storytelling ability, sharp social intelligence, and keen powers of observation in a book that is wistful, satiric, audacious, and remorseless The Art of Heaven opens with a parody of Dante and a down home, twisted humor that Jones s readers have come to rely on In the middle of my life I came to a dark wood, the smell of barbecue, kids running in the yards Not deep depression This nice hell of suburbs Speed bumps The way things aren t quite paradise Rodney Jones, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, is one of America s best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets Poetry Imaginary Logic is the most eloquent expression yet of his rigorous mind, scrupulous eye, and capacious heart.

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    1. Although you'll find a few academic allusions and the occasional lapse into professorial tone (he is an English professor, after all), most of the poems in Rodney Jones' new book are down-to-earth and accessible to all readers. There is nothing flouncy about these poems; if anything, there is a spare and masculine edge to the stories told. Jones' style is (to use that old cliche) deceptively simple. It's as though the reader were walking along a road or path, quietly taking in the surroundings, [...]

    2. Above-average collection from acerbic Southerner Jones, distinguished by occasionally zany metaphorical conceits and a kind of offbeat wit. Jones's South is populated by deranged football coaches, barflies, Christian zealots, evicted poor whites, and other colorful Faulknerian denizens, and contains plentiful references to carpentry, plumbing, auto repair, and the like, all narrated by an amused -- and occasionally bemused -- "lucky man / alive in the dark country." We poets are jus' folks, too. [...]

    3. 2.5 but I bumped it up to 3 stars because a couple of these poems were very good. One of the reasons I don't read a lot of contemporary poetry is that I often feel like I'm missing something, that I don't get the inside joke, andwellI just didn't "get it" for most of these poems.

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