Inspired by the Beats, Black Mountain, and the New York School, Lisa Jarnot emerged in the 1990s as one of the foremost poets of the post-Language avant-garde. Joie de Vivre draws on twenty years of work, from the bold fragmentation of her mixed media debut, Some Other Kind of Mission, to the experimental lyricism of her recent Night Scenes. Following the poet's evolution through her engagements with form and music, Joie de Vivre showcases Jarnot's restless virtuosity and relentless curiosity. The archaic, the surreal, the pastoral, the political—no register of language proves too recalcitrant for her expansive sense of song.
Praise for Joie de Vivre:
"Riveting . . . Reading this work is truly a joy."—Publishers Weekly
"This compilation includes the best of Jarnot's Whitmanesque reflections and Ginsbergian outcries, speech acts that list always toward an avant-garde."—Booklist
"Her ideas meddle in the traditions of form, medium, sound, and arrangement to recall the modernism of Joyce and Stein . . . This selection highlights her inventiveness."—Library Journal
"Lisa Jarnot's book of joy raises joy in return. It is a poetry of lyric finesse and emotional daring, a rollicking vision of violet skies and walk-along streets, with the walker shamelessly in wonder but—yo!—cagily of the streets."—Aaron Shurin
"Joie de Vivre rings out with troubled beauty, ancient lastingness, and a wild lyricism that shares as much with Johnny Cash as with Gertrude Stein and loves Homer even when it thinks like Abbie Hoffman. This work sets the house of American poetry on fire."—Elizabeth Willis
"These always strongly oral poems that cry out from the page in sequences that veer between pure whimsy within a spoken word sensibility approach and often surpass art song territory. The crescendo resolution is felt in the extended 'Amedillin Cooperative Nosegay' where the expanse of her well-earned landscape becomes a realized space in proper necessity for the scope of her delightfully unpredictable poetic."—David Henderson
Praise for Lisa Jarnot:
"Lisa Jarnot . . . suggests that Language Poetry may be mutating, back to the modernism of Stein and Joyce, having been permanently inflected (or deflected) by a late twentieth-century sharpness and exasperation. . . . These are haunting, perplexing narratives of the inenarrable."
—John Ashbery, Times Literary Supplement
"Her best effects arrive as you zoom headlong right through her high-energy tangle of dissociation . . . in a particle accelerator where connective sense is bombarded by shards of broken grammar. . . ."
—Albert Mobilio, Village Voice