Jason Tandon

New Review: Book of Hours

My review of Kevin Young’s Book of Hours, which recently won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, is up at the Harvard Review Online.

New Issue of Poetry East

 

The autumn issue of Poetry East is out with new work by Ace Boggess, Jody Bolz, Bruce Bond, Jared Carter, Dan Gerber, Bob Hicok, Meg Kearney, Barry Silesky, and C.K. Williams.

My thanks to the editors for including my poems “L’Arabesque,” “New Year’s Day,” and “Swimming Alone in Broad Bay,” all from my new manuscript, The Actual World.

 

 

New Issue of Water~Stone Review

The new issue of Water~Stone Review offers a wonderful selection of poems, fiction, non-fiction, and photography, including work by Ray Gonzalez, Dore Kiesselbach, Alison Pelegrin, Paisley Rekdal, Mary Capello, Adam Clay, Todd Davis, and an interview with Jamaal May.

My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “The Reminder.”

New Issue of Spillway


The new issue of Spillway (#23) is out with work by Norman Dubie, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Gaylord Brewer, Barbara Crooker, Rebecca Faust, David Kirby, Rusty Morrison, Chad Parmenter, Hilary Sideris, Martha Silano, David St. John, Jennifer K. Sweeney, G.C. Waldrep, Andrea Hollander, Melissa Stein, and many, many others.

My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “Self-Portrait: The Poet at Nine.”

Upcoming Reading: Portsmouth Poetry Hoot

I am excited to open this year’s season of the Portsmouth Poetry Hoot with former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl. The reading will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7PM. Click the image above for more details, and please join us!

Betsy Sholl’s eighth collection of poetry is Otherwise Unseeable (University of Wisconsin, 2014). Other books include The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry and Don’t Explain, which won the Felix Pollak Prize. She served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. Her work has been included in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry, 2009, and Best Spiritual Writing, 2012. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

New Issue of SRPR

 

The new issue of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is out now, featuring cover art by Carol Emmons, from her mixed-media installation, “Surveying Desire XIII: Observatory;” poems by Katie Ford, Francine J. Harris, Kiki Petrosino, Doug Ramspeck, Susan Terris, Sarah Vap, G. C. Waldrep, and Sam Witt among others; and finally, Aracelis Girmay’s review essay of Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning: Poems, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and Jean Valentine’s Break the Glass.

My thanks to the editors for including my poem, “What Jack Next Door Remembers about Vietnam.”

“Funny…redeeming…quirkily poignant”

Quality of Life Cover

 

I am incredibly grateful to Joe Benevento at the Green Hills Literary Lantern for his thoughtful, detailed, and generous review of my latest collection of poetry, Quality of Life. To read the full review click here. Below you’ll find a few excerpts:

Tandon demonstrates throughout Quality of Life that he understands loss, the ethereal nature of any good moment. Yet he … insists what we think and do has to matter, and that our resiliency and sympathy are what make it matter…

He leaves us with the impression that it maybe can be a “wonderful life,” not because it’s a constant string of successes and happy moments but because of our ability, if we choose to use it, to see something funny and something redeeming, not in all things, but in as many things as possible…

Tandon’s gift then is to know there is a time for laughter, a time for tears, and sometimes a time just to work and sweat through the pain, to our common blessing, which is also our common curse.  Somehow that curse loses much of its power to overwhelm, once we have turned all the pages in [his] masterful Quality of Life.