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With a knack for pathos and zeugma, Jarnot brings forth the sure lyric voice her collagist debut, Some Other Kind of Mission, promised. Lifting its title from the gospels, from Johnny Cash's hit and from the sensation some feel before giving birth, Jarnot's winning second collection hypnotically meditates on love, fire, left and right coast flotsam, animals and other detritus of the imagination: "That curiously I miss the sound of rain pounding on the roof and also all of Oakland, that I miss the sounds of sparrows dropping from the sky, that there are sparks behind my eyes, on the radio, and the distant sound of sand blasters, and breakfast, and every second of it, geometric, smoke from the chimney of the trees where I was small." Jarnot is as much a student of the zigzags and category errors of the New York School as of the straightforward collocations of horrors and pleasures of the Beats, and she covers the waterfronts of San Francisco and Oakland with respect for abject populations and a love for gaudiness that recalls everybody from Lou Reed and Bob Dylan to Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Yet the overriding note is a mournful clarity, especially in poems like "Brooklyn Anchorage," "The Age of the Velocipede" and "The Specific Incendiaries of Springtime." Along with Lee Ann Brown, Kristin Prevallet and Eleni Sikelianos, Jarnot is taking the New York of Bernadette Mayer and Eileen Myles further into its future.

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Aardvark
The Age Of The Velocipede
Autobiography
The Bridge
Brooklyn Anchorage
Dictionary
The Eightfold Path: Right Action
The Eightfold Path: Right Aspiration
The Eightfold Path: Right Energy
The Eightfold Path: Right Labor
The Eightfold Path: Right Meditation
The Eightfold Path: Right Mind
The Eightfold Path: Right Speech
The Eightfold Path: Right View
Found Text
Lake Of Fire
Moo Is Om Backwards
The New Life
O Life Force Of Supernalness Of World
O Razorback Clams
Ode
Old
On The Lemur
Poem Beginning With A Line By Frank Lima
Sea Lyrics
The Song Between
Song From The Greek
Song Of The Chinchilla
The Specific Incendiaries Of Springtime
Still Life
Suddenly, Last Summer
Tell Me Poem
Valley Of The Shadow Of The Dogs
What In Fire Did I, Firelover, Starter Of Fires, Love?
Ye White Antarctic Birds
You, Armadillo
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Zoland Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581950306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581950304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,240,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gwyn McVay on February 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
The titular allusion to Johnny Cash is not the only thread from popular culture deftly woven into this fascinating book. Jarnot often tests, indeed pushes, the poetry-prose boundary and embraces language that is not "traditional" in poetry. The "Sea Lyrics" section, in particular, is reminiscent of Leslie Scalapino's "that they were at the beach" in a reverent, non-derivative way. The animal poems, speaking of influences, are strongly reminiscent of Marianne Moore, if she had lived in the early 21st century, and "Moo Is Om Backwards" is also a sweet homage to Gertrude Stein. But what shines brightest for me in this book is the "Eightfold Path" section (okay, it pleases my Buddhist bias) and the ecstatic lyric "Song for Philip Lamantia." This is a book I always keep near at hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Driver9 on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This isn't a long review, but I love Lisa Jarnot, everything, and I cannot explain the "reasons" for these feelings, but I can feel her poems winding around inside me, especailly my legs. Isn't that enough? I could no more explain the taste of an orange, I just eat it. So eat some of these poems, or all of them. She is great, they are new, you will like them, and you may not know why.
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By Ernest Lasen on December 13, 2014
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Very fun read - Highly recommend
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