Laura Jensen

There is a teriffic roundtable discussion of Laura Jensen's poems in the latest issue of Pleiades (28.2) that I highly recommend. I was particularly impressed Katie Peterson's short essay on Jensen, which begins: "There is no poetic authority in Laura Jensen's poems; the voice that speaks is at the mercy of everything it speaks about, in peril on an ordinary street and in quiet distress merely by virtue of being awake." That strikes me as right. There is also a selection of poems from Jensen's books that can serve as an introduction to the work. I've known Laura for more than thirty years; we studied with many of the smae masters. I hope this is just the first wave of an ocean of recognition for her work.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Laura Jensen”

  1. jensen’s BAD BOATS is a poem that from way back is a winner. an excellent poet. and that review of her work referenced is a pleasant walk through an idea about her poems that hadn’t been uppermost in my previous ways of thinking of them. edward mycue

    p.s. another poem from abt the same time from a poet who’d moved up to washington state (i think that’s where) was I CANNED THOSE PEARS (or near to the title)by jan clauson — and another one that was striking.

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