The Surface of Last Scattering


978-1-881515-20-3 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in
80 pp.
Pub Date: 04/01/1999


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Winner of the 1998 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize
In the opening poem of The Surface of last Scattering, the poet asks "How shape a full-bodied intelligent speaking for an open-hearted listening?" In pursuit of the possibilities engendered by this question, Gray Jacobik writes meditative lyrics, essay-poems and prose-poems as grounded in the mind as in the body, poems that assume, and reward, an open-hearted listening. Ascribing to no one school of poetics, and no one style, Jacobik is unafraid of either spare language or a language of high color. She uses a range of resources from verisimilitude to abstraction to write poems that are at once instruments of knowing and passionate songs.


I spent my birthday with a woman who might
      have been myself, thirty years ago, myself
      without the early tragedies. Her thirst for

experience, her talent for using it, I know as clearly
      as , after a long day, I know the small of my back.
      Her sweetness is the sweetness that once held me. 

Published by Texas Review Press