Poetry by Jennifer Jean
Praise for Voz:
What happens when our foundational sorrows are allowed to sing? VOZ’s cinematic poems tunnel across time and place, to an era when parents failed to parent and the speaker “became the state of / California—like a planked pier leaning over the Pacific….” Exploring a range of forms, including haibun and the charismatic “saturation,” Jean channels potent musical references while holding space for her own idiosyncratic voice, which ultimately turns its attentions from past to future. This is an astonishing collection, one that I read over and over in gratitude.
—Sandra Beasley, author of Made to Explode
About the Author:
Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include VOZ, Object Lesson, and The Fool. Her teaching resource book is Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry. She has received honors, residencies, and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, DISQUIET/Dzanc Books, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Her Story Is collective, the Academy of American Poets, the Kolkata International Poetry Festival, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace. As well, her poetry and co-translations have appeared in POETRY, Rattle, The Common, Waxwing, On the Seawall, DMQ, Salamander, Terrain, and as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. Jennifer edits poetry for Talking Writing and translations for Consequence Forum. She is the senior program manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program.