Poetry. As with the classic Chinese poets writing in exile, Jane Augustine's HIGH DESERT embodies a poetics of radical observation in which intense vision and awareness make the beauty and strength of place revelatory. A contemporary, contemplative itinerant, often jotting quick notes while on the road, she records a meditative consciousness imbued with history, memory, and Buddhist and feminist thought. Whether in her Colorado mountains, the south of France or lower Manhattan, even as drought, war, and destruction inevitably encroach, she illuminates poetry's eternal work of tikkun olam, healing the world, and presses us to join her in it.
Jane Augustine is a poet, critic, short story writer, visual/sound poetry performance artist and scholar of women in modernity. She has written five books of poetry: HIGH DESERT (Dos Madres Press, 2019), KRAZY (Marsh Hawk Press, 2015), A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO MOUNTAIN CLIMBING (Marsh Hawk Press, 2008), NIGHT LIGHTS (Marsh Hawk Press, 2004), and ARBOR VITAE (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003). She is the editor of The Mystery by H.D. (University Press of Florida, 2009) and The Gift: The Complete Text by H.D. (University Press of Florida, 1998), as well as numerous essays on H.D., Mina Loy, Lorine Niedecker and contemporary women poets. She has twice been awarded fellowships in poetry from the New York State Council on the Arts and has held the H.D. Fellowship at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. She has taught at Pratt Institute, New York University, The New School, and Naropa University. She lives in Manhattan and Westcliffe, Colorado.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA