Alicia Ostriker: “Night Lights is a volume of exquisitely painterly skyscapes, waterscapes, city and mountainscapes…set onto the page in language rich and precise. At the same time: the mind, meditative, scrupulous, thinking….As Augustine’s poems approach a world at war, she asks, 'Is awareness madness?' I think not, but I find myself rather madly in love with this poet’s eye, her music, her awareness.”
“Elegiac, lyrical, and passionately connected to the flow and ebb of the
phenomenal world, Night Lights uplifts our poetry gaze.. `Now just this: the earth not in the sun’s way/ A perfect ivory mirror reflects the eye/opening/…' Jane Augustine’s investigative eye is to be trusted and applauded.”— Anne Waldman
ISBN: 0972478590 $15.00
On Transitory and Arbor Vitae:
American Book Review : “Transitory is primarily a meditation on mortality, permanence, war and the nature of the human body…. no hyperbole, no glorification of pain, only visual perceptions coolly stated….In Arbor Vitae the poet records the sights and sounds closest to her… meditations on natural forces, on our aspirations toward creating some kind of human permanence….Taken together, Transitory and Arbor Vitae seem field notes on a single life’s passage through a world in which every object has both dark and light sides, with something to be learned from each.”
“Like the classical Chinese poets, her teachers, Jane Augustine seizes the natural world with her eyes. This is a poetry of memorable clarity and economy, from which the reader retains, first, visual impressions, in which the beauty of things and beings is perceived equally.... Then... the implications of human life, death and change take shape in an acuity of observation which one might also call wisdom.” –Marilyn Hacker
Jane Augustine has published Arbor Vitae and Transitory: A Poem Sequence, as well as three poetry chapbooks. A New York State Council on the Arts fellowship winner, she edited The Gift by H.D.: The Complete Text.