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The Devil's Child
Fleda Brown Jackson

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
1999 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-288-5

The collection of poetry by Fleda Brown Jackson.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This dark, ambitious narrative full of voices, echoes and whispers of anguish is deftly plotted and carefully crafted. Here is a challenging poetry of action and remembrance and the sheer, downright, daily human grotesque. But it is also a poetic sequence that does something altogether more difficult: it holds our interest and its own lyric balance at one and the same time. It compels the sort of music from pain which is hard to forget.”—Eavan Boland

“In her new volume Fleda Brown Jackson’s trademark economy and focus serve a purpose markedly different from the poems in her earlier books. She has ratcheted the emotional intensity and imaginative challenge up several notches. It’s a remarkable achievement. The multiple voices of her devil’s child are heart-rendingly dark and unsettling, but under Jackson’s skillful, compassionate control they eventually compose a concert that is cathartic, and yes, exhilarating.”—Dabney Stuart

“This long poem is a study of evil—and of good; a book of marvelous psychological as well as literary gifts. As it tells of the wounding and the slow, undramatic healing of this poor child into a world of compassion, it has a deep effect on the reader. ‘She’s fastened across/from me like Judgment Day.’ And ‘—underneath, any of us/might do anything.”—Jean Valentine

“To enter the terrain of these poems, Fleda Brown Jackson has summoned both poetic skill and courage. She has an intelligence that can make an intent study of evil and its masks and a compassion that does not judge but rather recognizes the humanity of the three speakers of these poems. What they have to tell is heart-rending indeed.”—Margaret Gibson

FLEDA BROWN JACKSON’s poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and many other journals. Her first collection of poems, Fishing With Blood (Purdue University Press, 1988), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. Her second collection, Do Not Peel the Birches (Purdue University Press, 1993) was chosen by Gerald Stern as the winner of the Verna Emery Prize. She also has a chapbook, The Earliest House, published in 1993 by Yarrow. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Arkansas and is co-editor of Critical Essays on D.H. Lawrence (G.K. Hall, 1988). She and her husband live in Newark, Delaware, where she is a Professor of English at the University of Delaware. She has two children.

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