Panoramic in sweep and tender in spirit, these poems whirl us across many American landscapes and zoom us into many livesfrom Wyatt Earps wifes to that of a grieving son. Johnson is a generous pathologist of the human heart who is careful to leave its mystery intact.
From the capital I of fenceposts to articulate crags
and the bird-like swoops of human talk, I love the
intelligent landscape this poet invents and perpetuates just ahead, as if from a car eternally heading west. Like Hugos Marginal Way, Jonathan Johnsons Upper Peninsula, his Idaho and Montana and Washington are really a brimming interior life, and these poems so often descriptive of motion and traveling enact the irresistible turns of a mind ever lively and shimmering.
About the Author
Jonathan Johnson is the author of the book of poems Mastodon, 80% Complete and the memoir Hannah and the Mountain. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and numerous other anthologies, as well as Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is on the faculty of the Inland Northwest Center for
Writers, the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. Johnson divides his time between Washington, a cabin in Idaho, and the Lake Superior coastal town of Marquette, Michigan.