Richard Jackson

My Books

The Heart's Many Doors
41 American poets respond to drawings by Slovene Artist Metka Krasovec that are themselves responses to Emily Dickinson lines. Poets include Mark Halliday, Dara Wier, Dean Young, Matthew Zapruder, Mary Ruefle, David Wojahn, Emilia Phillips, Bill Olsen, Jill Rosser, Nancy Eimers, Leslie Ullman, David Rivard, Phillis Levin, Cathy Wagner, Bradley Paul and many others. Wings Press, November 2016

Correspondence poems with Robert Vivian
Anchor and Plume, 2016

Winner of the Maxine Kumin Poetry Award. C&R Press, August 2014

Resonance (Spanish Edition)
To be translated and published in Barcelona Spring 2014

A new book of poems forthcoming February 2014

In California Wine Country

The Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli
Published by Red Hen Press, April 2010

Resonance (Ashland Poetry Press, Jan 2010)

"It's true. Richard Jackson's 'underground river beneath the Nile is six times bigger.' many small rivers joined it (him) and empowered his voice. Yes, he does this to his peers. You, tender, wise, wounded, generous and responsible child, your melody is unmistakably yours. Have you eaten us? Do we flow too?"
--Tomaz Salamun

"Richard Jackson has become one of our most important poets. His subjects are those for which poetry originally came into being. The essentials are his songs, his precepts, his adoration, his companions. It isn't any simple solace he offers, but it's solace nonetheless that he lends us."
--James Tate

"What you find in Richard Jackson's great heart and spirit is poetry of generosity and fearless attention you won't find anywhere else. RESONANCE stops me in my tracks, it shifts my brianwaves."
--Dara Wier

"it is the combination of soulfulness, intellectual rigor, and a courtly, almost Petrarchan ardor for the beloved that has always fueled Richard Jackson's poetry. They are also poems of dazzling associative rigor -- funny, elegiac, and political by turns. I wish that more of our poets possessed his big heart and breadth, and RESONANCE is his best collection yet."
--David Wojahn

Potovanje Sonca (Journey of the Sun)
Translated with Ana Jelnikar

Heartwall, U Mass Juniper Prize Winner

Greatest Hits
12 poems and essay on the work

Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems
Selections from 1983-2003 including several new poems and selections from Petrarchan Sonnets

The Fire Beneath The Moon
50 Slovene Poets, facing Slovene

Juniper Prize winner

Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems
Includes about 70 poems. Autumn House Press, 2004

Svetovi Narazen
Translations are by several Slovene poets

Falling Stars
Artwork by Else Kendrot; 4 monologues

Heart's Bridge
Several poems and a Canzone, different selection than half Lives

Alive All Day
Cleveland State University Press Prize Winner

Worlds Apart
U Alabama Press prize winner, Published 1987, Reprinted 1989

Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets
Introduction and selection of poems by Ales Debeljak, Alojz Ihan, Brane Mozetic, and Jure Potokar

Acts of Mind: Conversations with Contemporary Poets
Included are Stan Plumly, Mark Strand, James Wright, James Tate, Heather McHugh, WS Merwin, Michael Harper, David Ignatow, John Ashbery, Jean Valentine, Miller Wiliams, Carole Muske, Marvin Bell, Dara Wier, Richard Wilbur, Donald Finkel, Linda Pastan, Robert Creeley,Donald Hall, John Hollander, Stanley Kunitz, Maxine Kumin, Philp Booth, Robert Pack, Daniel Epstein, David St John, Robert Penn Warren, AR Ammons, William Stafford, Fred Chappell

The Dismantling of Time in Contemporary American Poetry
Robert Penn Warren, John Ashbery, James Wright, Charles Simic, John Hollander, Denise Levertov

Selected Works

Poetry, Art
41 American poets respond to drawings by Slovene Artist Metka Krasovec that are themselves responses to Emily Dickinson lines.
Poems sent as responses to each other over the course of a year
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
50 Slovene Poets, facing Slovene
Aleph Press, Ljubljana, 1993
30 Interviews, U of Alabama Press, 1983 Choice Award
Philosophical essays on 6 poets, U of Alabama Press, 1987 Agee Award