Checked out 31 times in 43 years
Last checked out 3 years ago
My last post was about being baffled by a well-known poet being neglected on the library shelves. This post is about an obscure book of poetry by an obscure poet who has been getting regular circulation for 40 years. I’m completely baffled for opposite reasons. This poetry isn’t exceptional. I wish I could stand up and shout that I’ve found a poetic genius overlooked by the rest of the world, but that’s not the case. I wish I could interview the people who have been reading this book to ask them why. Though Jackson settled in Alabama as a married adult, her poetry isn’t particularly Southern in approach. Her poetry is very accessible and usually rhymes. Most of the poetry in this volume has to do with a broken heart (perhaps the appeal?). Though the picture on the book’s jacket shows her as a mature woman, the poems dealing with love strike me as youthful, not the dire proclamations of a teenager, but definitely that of a young woman rather than a mature one. She is a pious person but the poetry isn’t overly religious. This is not good poetry in the sense of poetry as art, but it’s obviously moving some people enough to either read it repeatedly or recommend it to others. So it’s a keeper by popular vote.