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 is a poet, essayist, and translator. She lives in Maine with her husband Steve Evans. Her recent books include DRUTHERS (Flood Editions, 2018), THE OPEN SECRET (Flood Editions, 2014) and CLAMPDOWN (Flood Editions, 2009).Author City: ORONO, ME USA