By Jan D. Hodge
PRAISE FOR TAKING SHAPE:
Are no longer all published formal poems formed poems? The sonnet, the hymn, the sestina, and the ghazal all have attribute shapes a bit like containers that confine their matters. In Jan D. Hodge’s Taking form the themes have burst from their cages and confront us instantly with what they're. Then the phrases they're made from can exhibit their internal beings. The lengthy closure of “Spring” describes the right way to learn those poems. i've got lengthy identified what prayer is, yet I by no means knew what one appeared like until eventually I learn “Madonna and Child.”
— Fred Chappell, writer of The Fred Chappell Reader
Here is an ideal matching of shapes and poetry. via a wide-ranging array of matters and tones, Hodge’s mastery of language inside such tough constraints is really amazing. Syntax and rhythm, metaphor and image (see for example “The one who acquired Away” or “The Lesson of the Snow”), conversational snippets and quatrains, are strangely nuanced. Even the occasional poems—wedding, elegy, Valentine’s day, Halloween, Christmas, an early morning poetry reading—find new issues to assert and outstanding how you can say them. those poems gift examining back and again.
— Robert J. Conley, writer of Mountain Windsong
Jan D. Hodge is the grasp par excellence of carmina figurata. In Taking form you’ll see such word-pictures because the chinese language ideogram for spring; a harpsichord poised prior to a guillotine; a nonetheless existence with quill pen and ink bottle, T-square and drafting triangle. extra impressive nonetheless, Hodge kinds some of the difficult pictures with metered language—in one case in medieval alliterative verse! In a poem approximately baseball Hodge writes, “forgiveness/ is the easiest/ we dare wish for during this bruised global/ the thinnest/ probability that we could us in some way/ slide domestic free”; right here “only by way of grace . . . do we be safe.” Hodge is familiar with of grace, his poems are choked with grace, and Taking form, like grace itself, is a present of utter beauty.
— Vince Gotera, Editor, North American Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Having grown up in a letterpress print store in small city Michigan, Jan D. Hodge got his BA and MA levels from the collage of Michigan and his PhD from the collage of recent Mexico, the place he wrote his dissertation on Charles Dickens. He taught at Rockford (Illinois) university and at Morningside university in Sioux urban, Iowa. His poems have seemed in Iambs & Trochees, American Arts Quarterly, outlined windfall, and plenty of different print and on-line journals.
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