The View From Jackass Hill

978-1-933896-66-3 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in
80 pp.
Pub Date: 09/15/2011


  • Paperback $14.95
Winner of The 2010 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, selected by Robert Phillips

The View From Jackass Hill is a book in which the poems both eulogize and celebrate. They weep and sing. They sing of and mourn for family, friends and poets: Keats, Wyler, Shinder, Carruth, and others. Geographically, the book is rooted in the east—New York, New Hampshire, Maine—and travels west, to Colorado. Thematically, it is a delineation of loss, both personal and national: the death of loved ones, the death in war. It is, in short, a lament for the erosion of the American Dream. Yet it is a book that insists on “Making Up with Milton.”
“Here is a poet with a real voice, brave and original. He also rhetorically asks questions that hurt. The Jack poems are a triumph, and the use of film imagery and Visa cards attests to his post-Modernism. This is a collection of friendship and vodka, and I can only say, Enjoy!”—Robert Phillips, Series Judge

Published by Texas Review Press