In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems (Revised)


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Johns Hopkins University Press
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5.82 X 8.85 X 0.68 inches | 0.83 pounds
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About the Author

Josephine Jacobsen has published seven books of poetry, two of criticism, and three collections of short fiction. Her many awards include a 1994 Academy of the Arts citation; a 1995 nomination as a National Book Award finalist; the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for service to poetry; and the selection of On the Island: Short Stories as one of the five nominees for the PEN-Faulkner fiction award. Other honors include a recent award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and eight inclusions of her stories in the O. Henry Prize Stories.


The collected poems of a greatly gifted poet may not offer the suspense of a well-plotted novel, but there is still a certain drama in seeing the art of a life's work fitted between the covers of one book . . . The recent poems that make up the last section are some of Jacobsen's very best.
--New Criterion
Josephine Jacobsen's poetry . . . demonstrates not only scrupulous verbal craft but a kind of auditory seriousness, a preference for depth and precision over mere charm or beauty."--
--New York Times
Josephine Jacobsen's mind is exquisite and urbane, which is not to say that it has confined itself to salon conversation or academic discourse . . . Formal and fastidious, Jacobsen meditates on death--oh, not because she herself is aging, nothing even faintly vulgar like that--because of her apprehension of our fleshly frailty.
--Washington Post
Wry, meticulous, compassionate, she casts her diaphanous net over the widest range of subjects, from the dailiness of breakfast with the morning paper ('I spill coffee on a head of state') to the distant apocalypse when the cockroach ('he will be blind/not sterile') inherits the earth.
--San Francisco Review of Books
Healthful and pure, protein and green salad for the mind.
--Parnassus: Poetry in Review
Josephine Jacobsen writes masterfully, consistently, and better every year. She has a superb narrative gift and she sketches the people of her world with originality, inventiveness, and rare intelligence.
Josephine Jacobsen's quietly articulated observations have the dark resonance of great art. Her spare diction combines the passionate commitment of Louise Bogan with the precision and compactness of Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore. Her best work, done in her seventies and eighties, has won her almost every major poetry award.
--American Academy of Arts Citation