Richard Jackson

Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems

Cover photo by Richard Jackson, Dance of Death, Hrastovlje, Slovenia

Includes poems from previous books, 4 Pushcart winning poems, and adaptations/​riffs from Petrarch as well as new poems.

"His lines are witnesses of tremendous density and speed of the more than ever powerful NOW in human history. As technology has to adapt to the godhead's voracious needs, so the poets have to be as exactly the same spot with even higher lucidity, more intelligence and compassion to mourn, to understand and to redeem. Richard Jackson does it with more inclusiveness than anybody else I know. His writing helps us to make sense. It protects us against suffocation. It bathes our lives."
-Tomaz Salamun

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.
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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