Alive All Day
Alive All Day
Author of 13 books of poems including Resonanicia (Barcelona, 2014), Out of Place (Ashland 2014), Maxine Kumin Award Winner Retrievals (C&R Press, 20124), Resonance (Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003), Heartwall (UMass, 2000 Juniper Prize), and Svetovi Narazen (Slovenia, 2001). He has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: The Fire Under the Moon and Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets (Aleph, 1993) and is also the author of a book of criticism, Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews With Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia and has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, two Witter-Bynner and Fulbright Fellowships, and five Pushcart Prizes.
“The rhythmic flow in Richard Jackson’s poems—happy, dreamy, passionate and even cruel for the way it raises our hopes only to thwart them with the truth, and which opens the kernel of memory—immense bontee and responsibility in it all, immense lust—is at the same time possessive and healing. The reader feels as one of the Chinese soldiers buried alive, turned into terra cotta with its emperor, sewed into the radiant remembrance of the author’s youth and life and dramatically loving it. Why? I guess compassion and generosity is so inclusive. Everything touched here becomes carved and firm, thus relieving. Alive All Day reminds me of the best of America. And of a gothic cathedral.” –Tomaz Salamun
“The poems in Alive All Day take on a nearly impossible job: to consider what it means to belong to modern history and not to put down that dismal, monolithic weight. The wonderful amplitude of the poems, their teeming grace, testifies that we can live with such chaos and not lie about it or ignore it; indeed the poems are a demonstration of how we might do such a thing. This is a heartening and full-hearted book.” –William Matthews