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Overview A book of poetry by the winner of The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Award-winning poet, Jean Janzen, sends us to explore the mystery of our connection to this earth, our dust and its dust, in this collection of poems. Award-winning poet. Jean Janzen demonstrates powerfully why she received The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Janzen's poems send us to explore the mystery of our connections to this earth, our dust and its dust. These poems show us with certainty what we sense persistently-- that we are unequivocally physical and yet undeniably spiritual, so ephemeral and yet so bound. Jean Janzen, a well-known poet from Fresno, California, conducts readings of her poetry around North America and teaches several university classes. "Jean Janzen's poems are lucid, clean, beautifully detailed--but she also knows well how fierce the hungers of body and soul are." --Jeff Gundy, poet
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.85" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.21" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1969
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 156148301X ISBN13 9781561483013
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More About Jean Janzen
Jean Wiebe Janzen was born in Saskatchewan, was raised in the Midwestern United States, and now lives in Fresno, California. She was selected for The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her poetry. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fresno Pacific University and received a Master of Arts at California State University of Fresno. Collections of her poetry previously published by Good Books include Snake in the Parsonage (1995), Tasting the Dust (2000), and Piano in the Vineyard (2004). Her verse also has been collected in Words for the Silence (Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1984) and The Upside-Down Tree (Henderson Books, 1992). Janzen s poetry has been published in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Image, Christian Century, Poetry International, ?The Common Reader, The Great River Review, and Cincinnati Poetry Review. Among the poetry anthologies in which her poems appear are Highway 99: ?A Literary Journey Through California s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books), What Will Suffice: ?Contemporary American Poets on the Art of Poetry (Peregrine Smith Books), and Elements of Faithful Writing (Pandora Press)."
Jean Janzen currently resides in Fresno, in the state of California.
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Tasting the Dust: Poems Oct 3, 2000
Janzen, raised within a seemingly closed "Mennonite" life, opens a door for us to experience the true fullness, joy, pain and earthiness of her experience. Using the "dust" as "sill" into her world, we are transported to a luscious sensuality of relationship and intimacy. At other times we feel the draft of chill wind when reading "Ice," and we are there, with her, looking in or out of the window. No matter the content, we are pulled into her poems.
Janzen has an uncanny ability to tell her story while at the same time letting it be our story.
These poems are entrance into mystical life . . . like dust when held in the fist too tightly, they vanish within us and a longing for more remains.
This is the stuff that inspires others to chance at writing poetry. May her tribe increase!