ADVANCE PRAISE FOR KRAZY
Jane Augustine’s new book KRAZY is a stunning performance of visual wit and nuance, invoking the concrete poem as an ongoing viable feminist intervention. There’s charm in this polemical cut-up, collage, and hand-drawn gesture, as her ethos plays with the Buddhist notion of the Void and female identity. KRAZY invokes the palpable pictorial orality of the ovoid, of the ova, of sex, desire, of exit and dissing, and so much more. Stand up and cheer. -- Anne Waldman
Take Concrete & Futuristic graphics, cross them with sound poetics & a woman’s wit, and if you’re lucky you’ll get KRAZY. For the ear, for the voice, for the eye, for the mind – Jane Augustine’s feminist performance calls us to full attention and restores a lost chapter of 20th.c. poetics. How long we have been waiting for this book!
No matter if the performance scores or the visual poems were created first, in each series of Krazy they work as mutual insights into each other’s nature. This is a multi-sensory book, which should be seen and read – and read aloud. “4” a non-native speaker like me it is especially relieving to experience that word-roots, spelling, letter and digit shapes are connected by something more than rules: they are connected by the poet’s intuition, which finds “4mations” everywhere. “No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind.” So welcome to the constraints and let’s “Observe the FORmS”. It is Krazy how playful they are!-- Márton Koppány
Jane Augustine’s Krazy presents a five-part series of visual poems accompanied by performance scores that offer a vast register of linguistic and typographical inventions. Words and phrases are being deconstructed and rebuilt in amazingly precise ways. Augustine’s typeset pages investigate conceptually the black-and-white visuals that precede them; images and texts make tapestries of mutual support and clarified meaning. Krazy is far from being crazy. It is a majestically poised, yet playful work, animated by Buddhist and feminist traditions. Truly a gift. --Anne Tardos
Zing! --Richard Kostelanetz
On A Woman's Guide to Mountain Climbing
Expanded from 1970s poems regarded as feminist classics, A Woman’s Guide to Mountain Climbing presents a powerful, elegant vision of encountering obstacles and overcoming them.
“A book of a woman’s life-journey written with the intensities and intimacies of a haunted mindfulness, this allegorical trek seeks to name the essential amid the multiplying circumstances of selfhood, family intersections, pain, yearning and finite time.”--Rachel Blau DuPlessis
In this book, “a woman climbs a mountain. It is her life. And it is everywoman’s life. And it is actual mountains of passes and lakes and camping alone. These poems go deep into the pangs of the joy and anguish of motherhood, the schisms of divorce, the confusions of rebuilding a life… And they speak of the solace and power in nature’s clouds and rocks. Read on. The poet still climbs.”--Maureen Owen
Critics have praised Augustine’s clarity and meditative depth in her earlier Marsh Hawk Press volumes Arbor Vitae (2002) and Night Lights (2004):
In Arbor Vitae the poet records the sights and sounds closest to her, and even the most transient images are given photographic clarity…. Minute observations serve as launching platforms for plainspoken, first-person meditations on the natural forces that preoccupy us still, on our aspirations toward creating some kind of human permanence. [Her poems are] 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. – Fred Muratori, American Book Review
Night Lights is just the sort of poetry I like best: poetry that defies the jargon of criticism. It is not merely “well-crafted,” “lyrical,” “precise,” “meditative” and “imagistic.” It touches us to the core. Augustine never forgets she has a reader. She reminds us that when literature really matters, there is a feeling of holy communion between reader and writer. The poems in Night Lights make me feel richer for knowing them.–Deborah Diemont, NewPages.com
ISBN 978-0-9906669-1-2 (softcover)