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Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
WINNER OF PRIZE AMERICANA
6 x 9
Winner of Prize Americana, Jenn Blair’s poetry collection MALCONTENT takes the reader on a journey through American history that is at once fresh, startling, and epic in its sweep.
Sara Henning, author of A SWEETER WATER: In Jenn Blair’s luminous poems, be prepared to meet a motley crew: the discontented, the rebellious, and the attentive gather to bear witness and unearth epiphany. In poems that range from dramatic monologues to first person confessions, with a historical panorama vacillating from the Civil War to the near contemporaneous, Blair invites us into a world that makes reverence from the gorgeously quotidian: a place where “farms are deep / scars taken root in the earth” and “our water spotted spoons” hold “incomprehensible longings.” This is a glorious collection.
William Woolfitt, author of CHARLES OF THE DESERT: In Jenn Blair’s compassionate and visionary and disquieting debut collection, men and women of the 19th century and beyond give witness to personal hardships and the larger tragedies of American history. Here are a naturalist and a scrimshaw carver, an archaeologist and an astronomer, soldiers and tourists, parents and children who tune in and ponder the wide world, who gather up “the wisdom of both yesterday and tomorrow.” Wide-ranging and insightful, this book sings for us “the dark/ ancient song we dash our/ hearts on.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenn Blair has published work in Rattle, Copper Nickel, The Chattahoochee Review, Atticus Review, Superstition Review, Review Americana, and Berkley Poetry Review among others. Other poetry collections include All Things are Ordered (Finishing Line Press), The Sheep Stealer (Hyacinth Girl Press), and The Ailing Hotel (Speaking of Marvels). She teaches at the University of Georgia.
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