Small Demon
Sep 022008
 

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.