‘Be jumpy / or unhinged / with joy’ (Lisa Jarnot)
Last year was the year of the two Lisas for me. With two of the more exciting things I read being Lisa Robertson’s The Men, and Lisa Jarnot’s A Princess Magic Presto Spell. And so, jumpy and unhinged is pretty much what I was this morning, on receiving Jarnot’s Night Scenes (Flood Editions, 2008) all the way from Chicago in the post. It was one of those sit on the floor by the doormat and don’t get back up again until you’re done moments. Like a tea party thrown by Whitman, Seuss and William Blake, these wonder-full poems offer a syntax of joy, a grammar of delight. And as such, they are a tonic for troubled times.
Listen to Lisa Jarnot’s ‘Christmas Prelude’, from Night Scenes here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/242420
Extracts from Lisa Robertson’s The Men, in tender 5, here: http://www.tenderjournal.co.uk/previousissues)