I'm so excited to share the cover for my next book (and first chapbook!) with you! I actually got to have a hand in choosing the artist for this cover (which is super unusual!), and I loved working with her! She took my ideas and made something that was both in line with what I was thinking of and completely different and way better. Jodie Wynne (aka jowyn!), who illustrated and hand-lettered the cover for A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY, is a genius. And I can't wait to see her illustrations on tons of book covers to come.
So, without further waffling, here's the cover:
So! What do you think? Are you as excited as me about this book coming out? (The correct answer is YES!)
Here are some cool things other poets have said about A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY:
Found poetry is a deceivingly challenging practice; working within a constrained vocabulary, poets must remake the text anew. In A Jab of Deep Urgency, Anderson carefully erases pieces of Egan’s text, leaving behind a dynamic, personal narrative made all the more remarkable because of the myriad voices represented in the original text. The poems, each remarkable in their own right, cohere into a perceptive commentary on the relationships people have with each other and the environments in which they live.
-- Jenni B. Baker, editor-in-chief of The Found Poetry Review
Kristin Anderson took a post-modern literary endeavor and turned it into an experience that pops with rhythmic, elegant staccato. She's like a glass comber on a beach, coming up with gem after gem, revisiting a masterpiece and making it her own, even down to the last line: "See, it's mine."
-- Kirsten Smith, author of Trinkets and screenwriter of 10 Things I Hate About You.
“See, it’s mine” is a line from one of E. Kristen Anderson’s delicious found poems. Her source text is a Jennifer Egan novel and Ms. Anderson has made from those splendid pages something uniquely hers and equally satisfying. Did I mention I love this collection? I do.
-- Ron Koertge, award-winning novelist and author of The Ogre’s Wife and Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
And, I'm so psyched, because.....EDUCATORS! I'll be working with a teacher pal to create a reading guide for this and my other chapbook, A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE. If you have any thoughts on what might be helpful in a reading/teaching guide for poetry, please don't be shy -- leave a comment!
Watch this space for more info on release dates and pre-ordering info as it becomes available. I can't wait to share this chapbook with you! In the mean time you can add A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY on LibraryThing and Goodreads! (You can add A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE, too!)