Poetry. Chosen by the Poetry Foundation as one of the best poetry books of 2009. Jennifer Moxley's CLAMPDOWN captures a time of political despair and self-doubt. Our "so-called common ground" erodes where liberal thought, implicated in the systems it critiques, finds no traction and becomes the site of new divisions. Against the reality of distant wars, everyday pleasures—even love itself—become frayed by anxiety and shame. Likewise, the past and the future prove unstable, both close to oblivion in a "maddeningly quiescent landscape" of winter. Throughout Clampdown, Moxley responds to the evanescence of both life and art with all her poetic resources, at times declamatory and incisive, at others "freely espousing" and conversational.
Ange Mlinko in The NationThird Factory's Attention Span 2009Best Poetry of 2009 @ HarrietTheobald @ Loads of Learned LumberRob Stanton in JacketChristopher Schmidt in Boston ReviewMatthew Ladd @ West Branch Wired
Jennifer Moxley's most recent books include THE OPEN SECRET (Flood Editions, 2014), THERE ARE THINGS WE LIVE AMONG: ESSAYS ON THE OBJECT WORLD (Flood Editions, 2012), CLAMPDOWN (Flood Editions, 2009), THE LINE (The Post-Apollo Press, 2007), and OFTEN CAPITAL (Flood Editions, 2005). Her memoir, THE MIDDLE ROOM, was published by Subpress in 2007. She is a professor of English at the University of Maine in Orono, where she lives with her husband Steve Evans and their cat, Odette.Author City: ORONO, ME USA