Poetry. In NIGHT SCENES, the fourth book from best-selling poet Lisa Jarnot, we are returned to the "first melody" through mock archaisms, neologisms, rollicking rhymes, and childlike delight. Her circling lyrics sing the pleasure of naming itself, with pastoral dreams occasionally giving way to waking life in Brooklyn. Like William Blake's songs, NIGHT SCENES privileges wonder over reason in a triumph of the imagination: "Be jumpy / or unhinged / with joy / enlightened / fry cakes / Staten hoy."
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Lisa Jarnot is the author A PRINCESS MAGIC PRESTO SPELL: Parts 1-9 (Flood Editions, 2019), JOIE DE VIVRE: SELECTED POEMS 1992-1012 (City Lights 2013), NIGHT SCENES (Flood Editions, 2008), BLACK DOG SONGS (Flood Editions, 2003), and others. Her book Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus (University of California, 2012) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York City with her daughter.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA