Item description for Stomp And Sing by Jon Andersen...
Jon Andersen's debut book of poems, Stomp and Sing, illuminates the concerns and aspirations of the new working-class generation. Andersen's image-studded lyrics about work, love, family and class struggle create a vivid narrative that traces the concerns and aspirations of young people facing the challenges of daily life in a turbulent century. These are clear, direct poems that take us from mountaintops to local cafes, from lumberyards to town sidewalks, and range in theme from the impact of racism to the consolation of nature.
Postcard from Chimney Pond
Climbed the talus around the pond last night-so many pebbles around a puddle from the views of Baxter Peak, but down here chunks of granite as big as the small house I grew up in, all jumbled, jutting out of cold, clear water and piled up towards the stars. Silent lightning split the sky far north. Scrambled as far up the rock throat as I safely could and then some. Slept beneath the cliffs. Had a dream of you so real that for a long time after waking up, it felt good to have seen you again.
Jon Andersen won the 2003 Working People's Poetry Award (Partisan Press). He has recent work in the Blue Collar Review, The Progressive and O Taste and See: Food Poems (Bottom Dog Press). He teaches English at E. O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut, and lives with his wife and sons in Willimantic, Connecticut.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896151 ISBN13 9781931896153
Reviews - What do customers think about Stomp And Sing?
Honest and Touching Dec 30, 2005
Jon Andersen's small book contains many great truths about our lives, each poem a small window into the real world where we all live. This volume gives voice to those small moments where we smack up against what is good and honest and true; moments that never leave us. Thank you Jon.
The daily experiences of working-class men and women May 9, 2005
Stomp and Sing is a collection of free-verse poetry especially steeped in the daily experiences of working-class men and women. From the inner demons of alcoholism and domestic violence to the travails of a high school teacher trying to help kids on the edge of life and death make something of their lives, Stomp and Sing resonates with empathy, understanding, and the cutting-edge struggle to survive. "The Real World": This is the real world. // Or at least this is one world, as real / as any world, more brutal than some, far / less brutal than others, // but real. // Given the resources, I could prove it: / some kind of metaphysical tape measure / strung out and flopping in the space and time between / my B period class and my F period class / would show them to be as distant from one another / as any two randomly chosen moons / or their own neighborhoods.
working-class experiences in first volume of collected poems May 1, 2005
This is Andersen's first volume of collected poems, his "debut" volume. Individual poems have been published in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Connecticut Review, and the Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal. Poems of Andersen's have also not surprisingly been published in Blue Collar Review and The Progressive. For the poet has stayed in touch with his blue-collar, working-class background. He doesn't write from the stance of the outsider or the rebel, but as one whose status and aspirations are not given by birthright or privilege. He doesn't so much struggle for what he achieves, but rather gains it by cleverness and fortune; as when arriving early to a Pete Seeger concert, he finds "all doors chained or locked but one," which one he goes through, and after making his way down "dark hallways" comes upon the famous singer, who "waved me over to sit on a folding chair beside him." [from "True Story"] By similar combinations of desire, luck, determination, and wit, Andersen regularly achieves such moments. They come about sometimes in nature, sometimes in a city, and sometimes in thinking about his father's life or aspects of the past. These moments are not restorative or epiphanic, as they would be for most poets. Andersen is not a romantic. Nonetheless, he realizes the value of such moments; and he is thankful for them, or else he could not put them so clearly.