In his sixties, Yeats published the half-dozen poems that drew Crazy Jane out from his imagination to act as a profane voice against the strictures of the Church and the mores of his age. Wayne Clifford, in his sixties, has let Jane free to speak once more. We learn why Jane is crazy, if indeed she is.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Biblioasis
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I'm not sure that this is a volume for academics. I suspect from its democratic language that any "ordinarily intelligent" reader can enjoy it. But it's quite unlike any book of recent poetry I've read. At first, because of its use of traditional form, it seemed a throw-back, but as I got further into the book, I realized Clifford has re-created and re-invented takes on the forms that make sense only after Modernism. Clifford has written a number of other unusual books: On Abducting the 'Cello a...more