“In these exquisitely wrought poems, Janet Kaplan proves she is well-deserving of the acclaim she continues to receive.”
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Janet Kaplan's full-length poetry books are Ecotones (forthcoming in 2019 from Eyewear Ltd.), Dreamlife of a Philanthropist (winner of the 2011 Sandeen Prize in Poetry from University of Notre Dame Press), The Glazier’s Country (winner of the 2003 Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press), and The Groundnote (Alice James Books, 1998). Her honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts, fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Cross Currents, Denver Quarterly, Exposition Review, Interim, Pool, Sentence, The Paris Review, The Southampton Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and many others, as well as in the anthologies An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2007), Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James (Alice James Books, 2012), and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers (Bright Hill Press, 2017). She has served as Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University and is currently a member of the creative writing faculty at Hofstra University, where she edits the digital literary magazine AMP (amp.hofstradrc.org).
“She is drawn to glorious disasters, and out of that allure sounds her note, the groundnote of her title: a voice sustained in all extremes high and low, recognizable and admirable throughout.”
“Passion and intelligence, the hallmarks of Janet Kaplan’s poetry, rank her among the leading poets of the newest generation of American writers. Miraculously, luminously, she places her gut-wrenching personal history in the wider contexts of myth, class, and geography. In taking account of the whole world, she creates a world of understanding in The Groundnote. Not only is it unusual, it is downright thrilling to read a first book of such stature, plucky grace, and range.”
“Here, finally is a book of poetry that reads like a book! There is such adroitness of craft and sequence—each poem lit by Janet Kaplans’s steady spirit of intelligence—that the reader can enter a peom of a difficult, even treacherous, nature and still experience real discovery and delight. The Groundnote moves in and out of shadow and myth, the human condition in its ringing specifics and in paradigms, but the plot of this book is one of victory, the ongoing lyric of the groundnote itself.”
—Kate Knapp Johnson
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