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Vanitas Motel
Jon Loomis

FIELD Poetry Series

Oberlin College Press
1998 • 79 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American

$12.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-81-5

Things happen in Vanitas Motel: a funeral, a fistfight, an outburst at a poetry reading. Its poems are surreal parables, at once funny and dark, sensual and deeply serious. Their revealed subjects are loss, art, illness and desire. Vanitas Motel is the first collection by Jon Loomis, and the winner of the 1997 FIELD Poetry Prize.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Loomis’s poems are “clean and clear-eyed, remarkably distilled, often ferociously understated or matter-of-fact about pain and loss. They dart quickly, shading through tenderness and hilarity aching with wit and exhilarating insights.”—David Young

From the Book:


Sleep waits in its velvet dress.
The nightbirds grieve. The dark lawn
stretches into dogwood trees. My wife

breathes slowly through her mouth—blue sheet
gathered at pale breasts. The telephone rests
in its hard bed. The dog dreams,

the house ticks and sighs. All day long,
all night the tired rain, but now
it stops. Small water ticks

from spatulated leaves. The planet
turns. My wife turns. Sleep lies between us
like an old love, longed for in the dark.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:11:39 -0500