Reuben Jackson's Poem Cycle "Kelly's Love for Waltzes" is Featured Poetry on The Boston Review
The new poem cycle debuts on The Boston Review, celebrating Reuben's love for waltz form.
Reuben Jackson's new poem cycle debuts in its entirety on the Boston Review today. The poem is written in a Waltz, with each line containing three words.
Kelly, the voice of the poem, makes it clear why she uses waltz form in this poem cycle in "Kelly Makes it Plain."
Scattered Clouds is a volume of lyrical, emotionally forthright meditations on love, loss, and longing. The volume contains the complete text of the author’s award-winning first collection, fingering the keys; his nationally lauded poem, “For Trayvon Martin”; and his suite of ruminations on a long-time and deeply missed friend, the late barbershop owner Amir Yasin, and his widow Khadijah Rollins. These poems, exploring Amir’s late-life romance with Kadijah, became a national internet sensation.
An introduction by poet Abdul Ali places Jackson in his rightful context as a Black American poetry elder, who has influenced generations of younger poets with his musical wisdom as well as his poetry. Ali is a Cave Canem alum and the author of the poetry collection, Trouble Sleeping.