Annotations for Holding Company


Baker & Taylor
A collection of poetry explores art, literature and music as a kingdom, or an empire, a dark seductive force in our lives. By the author of Leaving Saturn a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of poetry explores art, literature, and music as seductive force in our lives.

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Norton Pub
"Major Jackson makes poems that rumble and rock."--Dorianne Laux

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Norton Pub
In Holding Company, Major Jackson explores art, literature, and music as a kingdom, or an empire, a dark, seductive force in our lives. In an effort to understand desire, beauty, and love as transient anodynes to metaphysical loneliness, he invokes Constantine Cavafy, Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, and Dante Rossetti.

from "Jewel-Tongued"
   The stillness of a lover's mouth
   assaulted me. I never wearied of anecdotes
   on the Commons, gesturing until I scattered
   myself into a luminance, shining over a city
   of women. Was I less human or more? I hear still
   my breathing echoing off their pillows. So many
   eyes like crushed flowers. Our fingers splayed
   over a bed's edge. We were blown away.


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WW Norton
In Holding Company, Major Jackson explores art, literature, and music as a kingdom, or an empire, a dark, seductive force in our lives. In an effort to understand desire, beauty, and love as transient anodynes to metaphysical loneliness, he invokes Constantine Cavafy, Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, and Dante Rossetti.

from "Jewel-Tongued"
The stillness of a lover's mouth
assaulted me. I never wearied of anecdotes
on the Commons, gesturing until I scattered
myself into a luminance, shining over a city
of women. Was I less human or more? I hear still
my breathing echoing off their pillows. So many
eyes like crushed flowers. Our fingers splayed
over a bed's edge. We were blown away.


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