Tandon’s keen eye and idiosyncratic ear… combine to create a poetry with its own quiet urgency.
Tandon practices the aesthetics of the afterthought … finding the exact point at which a recognition or delayed perception enacts a shift, and the seeming ordinary suddenly feels numinous.
Jason Tandon’s poems feel lived in, available at all hours of the day. Maybe because they believe in themselves. And in the investments and test drives of those who lead up to them. Details are laid out and said they only way clear. And they sound, well, sound. Delivering on their earliest claims and assurances to let in just enough light, and over time, still matter. Imaginably even more.
Jason Tandon is loyal to one of the poet’s primary obligations: to make us see the world fresh, as if for the first time.
Born in Hartford, CT in 1975, Jason Tandon is the author of five collections of poetry: This Far North (forthcoming 2023), The Actual World, Quality of Life, Wee Hour Martyrdom, and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press.
His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Esquire, AGNI Online, Passages North, Poetry East, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry. His poems have also been featured on NPR and on Verse Daily.
He earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with Charles Simic. He is currently a senior lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.