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Didi Jackson

Moon Jar

This debut poetry collection “gives poignant testimony to the sorrow, rage, and piercing clarity of grief”—an Alice James Book Award finalist (Tracy K. Smith).
In her intimately compelling debut collection Moon Jar, Didi Jackson explores the life-altering and heart-rending loss of her husband to suicide. While grief never fully subsides, Jackson allows herself to rediscover love as she contends with the haunting grip of human trauma. With precision and grace, these affirmative poems exhibit an admirable devotion to self-healing that is metamorphic and cathartic.
Turning to biblical narratives as well as seminal works of art by the likes of Hildegard of Bingen, Pablo Picasso, Sappho, Mark Rothko, Kazimir Malevich, Hieronymus Bosch, and Frédéric Chopin, Jackson orchestrates a tableau of conversations around human suffering, the natural world, and impermanence. And like the Korean porcelain moon jar, these poems mark and celebrate the imperfection of existence.
36 printed pages
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Red Hen Press
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    Natalija Kuznecovhas quoted2 months ago
    One side says slow, the other stop.

    Joy and sorrow always run like parallel lines.
    Ангелина Архиповаhas quoted7 months ago
    she is not the essay on Mayakovsky;
    b2942132260has quotedlast year
    Joy and sorrow always run like parallel lines.

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