Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005


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Houghton Mifflin
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

RODNEY JONES is the author of eleven books of poems. His many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches in the low-residency MFA creative writing program at Warren Wilson College and lives in New Orleans and Southern Illinois.


"For most of twenty years I have been reading Rodney Jones's poems, admiring the daring of his mind and attention, the intimacy of his own articulation . . . Salvation Blues is welcome and should bring him new discoverers." --W.S. Merwin

"[Jones] is brilliant, wise, deeply sane, incredibly knowledgeable about the craft, tender, moving, honest, and -- pure. I love reading him. He gives me hope for poetry." --Gerald Stern

"Reading his poems [is] a continually liberating experience. This is work that really matters." --Carl Dennis

"It's Jones's age-defying distinction to have mobilized a moral intelligence that's sufficiently vast to contain multitudes." --Book World The Washington Post

"[Jones's Salvation Blues] must surely place him in the pantheon of great living American poets." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[A] fine collection." Atlanta Journal Constitution

"While this ample book will serve many readers as an introduction to Jones's work, it also contains surprises for his fans: 24 new poems (some of his best yet)." Publishers Weekly

"Jones has a rich, Southern voice, disarmingly smooth, with a kick like moonshine and as satisfying as an afterglow. A master storyteller." Library Journal