Jump the Clock: New & Selected Poems

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About the Author
Erica Hunt is a poet, and essayist, author of Local History and Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and A Day and Its Approximates. Her poems and essays have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, In the American Tree, and Conjunctions. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of an anthology of Letters to the Future: Writing by Black Women (Kore Press). Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy

"Erica Hunt's Jump the Clock is eerily appropriate for a time when a pandemic has suspended the normal temporal rhythms for so many of us, while laying bare our mortally uneven relationship to those rhythms."--The New York Review of Books

"If it doesn't pay to be an individual, what else is there to be? We may not be able to answer that question 'until we enlist sense to illumination and make room for the blanks.' That line comes from Erica Hunt's Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems, a sometimes brutal, always brilliant tour of Western individualism's social and ecological effects.--Boston Review

"In 1994 I wrote about Erica Hunt's first book, Local History, for the Village Voice. In that review I praised an "insistently high level of self-consciousness" that "pressurizes ordinary perceptions until some small truth that tells on the poet bursts forth." Almost three decades and several books later, her intensity of utterance continues to produce a verse that springs revelations from the commonplace. Containing selections from all of her books and additional unpublished material, this volume testifies to a sustained vision and the development of a language that veers from the personal to the abstract so smoothly you can't quite tell the difference."--Hyperallergic

"With a hand over her heart, Hunt leads us by love deeper into our attention to the present, wherein past and future teeter on our tongues, waiting to see just what we are really ready to do."--Jacket2

"We have lived in one chronology for many decades, of disrepair, divisions and fears. In response, Erica Hunt's is a full-fronted other way of naming. In every detail and crevasse, her work unmutes voices and refigures necessary community... Hunt is crucial to an analytic poetry engaging in this work."--Restless Messengers

"Here, and elsewhere, the poet models how to speak directly, honestly, and without foregoing complexity. She observes and speaks of body language and grief, love and justice, in scenes that feel at once surreal and hyperreal. Reinventing itself at every turn, Jump the Clock is a master class in attention and engagement."--Poets & Writers, Ten Questions

"This collection of Erica Hunt's poetry might just save you. Including out of print works and others, this volume is one of inspiration, resistance and possibility."--Ms. Mag

"Erica Hunt has been publishing poems since the 1980s. Jump the Clock gathers nearly two hundred pages' worth of them. I generally feel like a poet has some level of talent if, in a chapbook, I find a couple of lines I want to quote; Hunt's book had me nodding or laughing or wincing in appreciation at least every other page. I emerged from it with the sense that she is, whatever this term might mean, a major poet."--Plough

"Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems, an invaluable gathering of pioneering poet, theorist, teacher, and activist Erica Hunt's poetic oeuvre, is a treasure of lyric and analytic revelations and delights. A key figure in the Language Poetry movement, a pacesetter in late 20th and 21st century women's writing, and a lodestar for Black innovative writers, Hunt in this collection expands poetry's range and power and shows how to make the illegible legible. Or as she incomparably reminds us, 'What we do not dream we cannot manufacture.'"--John Keene

"Let's begin with the obvious: Jump the Clock is a ...