Richard Jackson

Heartwall

Cover image: "The Golden Age" by Lucas Crannach the elder, c.1530 (a hart-wall, a variation on the walls of brick or fabric meant to herd deer on hunts, related to images also of the earthly paradise))

Juniper Prize winner

"I think he is either the god hermes of a sparrow. He is certainly a messenger. And what he says is contained in a single word, although it comes out as amazement, anger, joy, sadness, in an astounding cascade of images, and in a variety of tongues. He is a poet of great sweep and vision. And deeply tender. He is a master of music; one of our finest poets."
-Gerald Stern

"In its range of emotion, in its rich, ruminating prosody, in its capacity to contain all that it imagines, and especially in its power to place the corruptions of the world against those of the heart, it represents a poetyr of scale, in fine yet compelling excess, informed-- indeed exalted -- by intelligence, irony, vision."
-Stanley Plumly

Selected Works

Poetry
THE TRAIL When do you realize the selves you left behind have gone on without you, living the many lives you now begin to resemble? So the day hesitates as if caught in headlights. So the words you write seem like nonsense someone left on your desk. The trees pretend to be listening. The owl cares less who you are. If you are lucky thereís a single word you can take refuge behind. It seems there is something happening of great importance but the heartís trail guide herself is lost. Almost invisible, the ants carry bits of leaf twice their weight back to the nest. The warning squirrels wonít stop warning. Then you see that what you have written are wrong directions, scribbled in a language of condolences, but unable to apologize, missing the pronouns, missing a destination, missing yourself.
Very brief description goes here
Isn't everything and everyone from a place they are no longer at, that is, out of place?
January 2010, Ashland Poetry Press. Cover by Metka Krasovec, Slovenia.
Puddinghouse Chapbook, 2004
Juniper Prize Winning Book from UMass Press, 2000
Sonnets and a Canzone based on Petrarch's Rime Sparse
Translations of Jackson's poems into Slovene
hand sewn and printed, Flagpond Press, 2002
Limited Edition, Aureole Press, 1999, Pterarchan Poems
Cleveland State University Press, 1992
U of Alabama Press Prize Winner
Grove Press, 1983
Poetry Translation
Translated with Susan Thomas and Deborah Brown
Translation of book of poems by Alexsander Persolja
Anthology
50 Slovene Poets, facing Slovene
Aleph Press, Ljubljana, 1993
Interviews
30 Interviews, U of Alabama Press, 1983 Choice Award
Essays
Philosophical essays on 6 poets, U of Alabama Press, 1987 Agee Award