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Holding Company: Poems (Hardcover)

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“Major Jackson makes poems that rumble and rock.”—Dorianne Laux

In Holding Company, Major Jackson explores art, literature, and music as a kingdom, or an empire, a dark, seductive force in our lives. In an effort to understand desire, beauty, and love as transient anodynes to metaphysical loneliness, he invokes Constantine Cavafy, Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, and Dante Rossetti.

from “Jewel-Tongued”

   The stillness of a lover’s mouth

   assaulted me. I never wearied of anecdotes

   on the Commons, gesturing until I scattered

   myself into a luminance, shining over a city

   of women. Was I less human or more? I hear still

   my breathing echoing off their pillows. So many

   eyes like crushed flowers. Our fingers splayed

   over a bed’s edge. We were blown away.

About the Author

Major Jackson is the author of five volumes of poems, including Roll Deep and Leaving Saturn, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. The poetry editor of the Harvard Review, Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

Praise For…

Starred Review: This powerful book represents a painful but inspired journey.
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393070804
ISBN-10: 0393070808
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2010
Pages: 112
Language: English

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