Transparent Gestures by Rodney Jones

Copyright 1989
Checked out 1 time in 21 years
Last checked out 20 years ago

Rodney Jones is a nationally well-respected poet from Alabama. However, this is an early to mid-career book of his and it doesn’t quite fit Albertville. I would call his poetry more academic than would likely appeal to readers here. It’s accessible but the word choice and some of the subject matter assume a college-educated audience. Because Jones is an Alabama author, I would recommend watching for a collected or selected book of his poetry to come out and to either let go of this one now or at that time. A broader collection of his poetry, which has remained rooted in the South, may contain more poems that would appeal to people here. Call it a diversity addition representing the Southern intellectual.

This book reminded me of Charles Ghigna’s. They both speak to male experience, yet aren’t being read. Does that mean men aren’t reading poetry here in Albertville? I don’t know. But books written by men about the male experience aren’t getting much attention, that much appears clear.


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