Midwinter at Walden Pond

by Michael Jackson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/12/2013

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 90
ISBN : 9781491831007
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 90
ISBN : 9781491830994

About the Book

An ice-bound New England pond – utterly still, though racked with sub-glacial groans – serves as an image of a mind overwhelmed one moment by troubling memories, the next by the peace that passes all understanding. In his new collection, Michael Jackson explores the impact on a poet’s consciousness of past and present events – both personal and historical - and the possibility of transcendence in love and creative work. “Without ever submitting to bland fashion or to clique, Michael Jackson for almost fifty years has written poetry which is that of a man confronting ‘the things happening’ of his time, poems probing at that recurrent query, where does one take one’s place in ‘the terrible parades of history’. There is no final reply. But by love, by compassion, by constant attention to what is said and how it is written, the questioning itself, with luck, sustains. What one hears in his readings is the modest, confident, international voice that drives his poems, the conversing of a man who, as ever, is on one road to find another.” – Vincent O’Sullivan.

About the Author

The author of thirty books, including seven volumes of poetry, Michael Jackson has won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, and his work is represented in the UK Poetry Archive. His poetry often reflects his ethnographic experiences in Sierra Leone, Aboriginal Australia, and his native New Zealand. Michael Jackson is married with three children and lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Since 2005 he has been Distinguished Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.