Midwinter at Walden Pond

Midwinter at Walden Pond AuthorHouse: New York, 2013

In the first world we get nine lives,
in the third world, one.
When we almost die
 
an ambulance with braying siren comes;
there’s always a rescuer,
a new technology deferring death.
 
An ice-bound New England pond – utterly still, though racked with sub-glacial groans – serves as an image of a mind overwhelmed one moment by troubling memories, the next by the peace that passes all understanding.  In his new collection, Michael Jackson explores the impact on a poet’s consciousness of past and present events – both personal and historical – and the possibility of transcendence in love and creative work.

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