Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780226109282 Published October 2011
E-book $7.00 to $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226109299 Published August 2011

Counter-Amores

Jennifer Clarvoe

Jennifer Clarvoe

88 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2011
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780226109282 Published October 2011
E-book $7.00 to $18.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226109299 Published August 2011

Jennifer Clarvoe’s second book, Counter-Amores, wrestles with and against love. The poems in the title series talk back to Ovid’s Amores, and, in talking back, take charge, take delight, and take revenge. They suggest that we discover what we love by fighting, by bringing our angry, hungry, imperfect selves into the battle. Like a man who shouts for the echo back from a cliff, or the scientist who teaches her parrot to say, “I love you,” or the philosopher who wonders what it is like to be a bat, or Temple Grandin’s lucid imaginings of the last moments of cattle destined for slaughter, the speakers in these poems seek to find themselves in relation to an ever-widening circle of unknowable others. Yearning for “the sweet cool hum of fridge and fluorescent that sang ‘home,’” we’re as likely to find “fifty-seven clicks and flickering channels pitched to the galaxy.” Song itself becomes a site for gorgeous struggle, just as bella means both “beautiful” and “wars.”

Rosanna Warren, Boston University
“Delight, alarm, and controlled delirium: that’s the effect of Jennifer Clarvoe’s simultaneously centripetal and centrifugal poems. Sense explodes out of her tightly contained, rhymed, punning, and allusive stanzas. A higher sense, and a deeper sense, than our dailiness allows, as she reminds us that “‘silly,’ / because it takes us past the bounds of reason, / comes from Seele, comes from the word for soul.’”
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