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Groundwork

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The three sequences of Groundwork comprise a sophisticated reworking of European myth on the order of Yeats’s The Tower. The first is situated by an archaeological dig in modern-day Tunisia, the second by the Garden of Eden, the third by the waters and islands of Homer’s Odyssey. Together they form a devastating critique of contemporary aesthetics.

Few poets today are verse...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Biblioasis (first published September 10th 2011)
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Brad
I imagine Amanda Jernigan wandering her world with a spade, that multifarious tool of violence and recovery, with a personal mission to not just penetrate but live within.

So she takes her spade to archaeological digs and the Garden of Eden and the Mediterranean and Newfoundland and quiet New Brunswick and bustling Ontario -- all places of her mind as much as her body -- and she spades shovelfuls over her shoulder and roughens her hands with handle callouses and the dirt she brushes aside. Her ar...more
Eric
Jun 10, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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It may sound simplistic, but perhaps the most surprising feature of Amanda Jernigan's Groundwork is that some of the poems actually rhymed. After reading at least a poem a day for the past year and a half, it caught me off guard to actually to come across rhyming poems outside of Dr. Seuss. It was refreshing!

The poems here are divided into three themes: an archeological dig, the Garden of Eden, and Homer's Odyssey. Of these, I liked the Eden poems the most. The following stanza from the poem "Of...more
Marybeth
I went to a reading by Amanda Jernigan 2 years ago and was blown away by her poetry, so I finally took the time to reread them and once again I was amazed. They're just really fantastic. Of course I may be biased because many of the poems in this book are based in and around Classical mythology (ok mostly the Iliad and Odyssey) but man. They are good.
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