All the Daylight Hours, Amanda Jernigan's second poetry collection, took shape over the course of twelve years, through many changes of setting and amid a changing cast of characters encountered both face to face and in the pages of books long lived-with and loved. The poems themselves ring changes on nature and artifice, love and loss, the power of language and the limitations of language, returning to these themes in a wide variety of registers. No less moving for being meticulously crafted, these elegies, epithalamiums, dramatic monologues, and meditations trace a human journey in which the mythological, the philosophical, the literary, and the personal interweave and converse.
Gabeba Baderoon is a poet and scholar and the author of the poetry collections, The Dream in the Next Body and A Hundred Silences. She received the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry and teaches Women's Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
Kate Clanchy's three collections Slattern, Samarkand, and Newborn, have recently been gathered into a Selected Poems, published by Picador. She has won the Writer's Guild Award, The VS Prichett Prize, and the BBC National Short Story Award for her prose. Her novel, Meeting the English, was shortlisted for the Costa Prize in 2013.
Carolyn Forché is a poet, translator and essayist, and editor of two best-selling poetry anthologies, Against Forgetting and Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English: 1500-2001 (co-edited with Duncan Wu). Her poetry books include Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History and Blue Hour. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.
Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poetry, Groundwork (2011) and All the Daylight Hours (2013). The first was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Award and included in the National Public Radio's list of best books of the year; the second was named a best book of the year in the National Post. She is the editor of The Essential Richard Outram (2011) and author of a monograph on the poetry of Peter Sanger.
“Perhaps this book could be read as a “choose your own adventure,” instead of reading it from start to finish. It would give the reader a better perspective of the variety Jernigan is capable of … All the Daylight Hours is nothing short of a quest for the reader, with a satisfying return, leaving us different than before. ”
“There’s a quiet subtlety to Amanda Jernigan’s poetry. It breathes in deep and exhales with a gentle sigh … Jernigan is deeply rooted in nature; her place in the poetical landscape is among the pines and roots of civilization. ”
“I fell hard for this book … just the impact of that final line alone [from the poem ‘Prescribed Burn’] gives you a sense of how much Jernigan is able to suggest with language — visually, metrically, aurally, etymologically, and metaphorically … supremely intelligent, and full of love that doesn’t breach decorum. ”
— Ange Mlinko, author of <i>Marvelous Things Overheard</i>
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