Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air

Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air

by Elizabeth Jacobson
Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air

Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air

by Elizabeth Jacobson


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“Over the past few years, Elizabeth Jacobson has become one of my favorite American poets. Her work is original, deep, serious, and sensuous in ways that surprise me repeatedly. In the way of true inquiry, Jacobson’s poems unearth genuinely new feelings and knowledge in a clean, mature and fully achieved style. These poems carry heavy water, fetched from deep nature, in human hands. I love this book.” —TONY HOAGLAND | “This wild, remarkable book begins in painstaking definition, via what isn’t—to strange and dazzling discoveries of the natural world, to instinct and melancholia and surprise. This poet wanders through a range of poetic architecture—an eight-sectioned poem which begins with a woman removing her body parts, epistolary poems, prose poems, small strange lyrics of love and bewilderment. Genuine curiosity fuels this book and (can we bear it?) a true savoring of the world. Elizabeth Jacobson starts in clarity and ends in mystery, two points of imaginative departure. Beware and rejoice: this is how a very original brain thinks itself into poems.” —MARIANNE BORUCH | “Snakes, birds, insects, and all manner of strange encounters: Elizabeth Jacobson is a true observer immersed in the natural world. These poems arise out of a deep questioning; they are puzzles, tangled road maps we can’t help but follow. It takes some wisdom to abide, as Jacobson’s work does, so effortlessly in paradox. I am moved to wonder, to breathe and slow down, experiencing how, as she says—the whole world is in me. Through her love of the particular a great expanse opens within us. These are the poems we need and long for right now.” —ANNE MARIE MACARI | Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air is a collection of poems wealthy with the speaker’s intimacy with nature and with the philosophical and spiritual insights that emerge from a deep practice of close observation. In a manner that is wonderfully relaxed and conversational, Jacobson’s poems enter into the most venerable and perennial of our human questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643170305
Publisher: Parlor Press, LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Free Verse Editions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 101
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Jacobson is also the author of Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books) and two chapbooks, Are the Children Make Believe? and A Brown Stone (dancing girl press). She is the founding director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, a not-for-profit that conducts poetry classes in community shelters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Taos Journal of Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Terrain, The Miami Rail, Vox Populi, and other literary journals. She has an MFA from Columbia University.

Table of Contents


Birds Eating Cherries from the Very Old Tree

The Cows

I Always Know Where to Put My Hands on a Tree

Next to You, Permanence

Dear Basho,

Mountains Hidden in Mountains

Unyielding Splat

Which Yellow Bird

On the Island of Koshima

Blood Moon

Perfectly Made

Each Day Travelling

On Foot

Blue Reminds Me of the Truth



Curator of Insects

“All the time I pray to Buddha I keep on killing mosquitoes.”

Enter Here

14 Love Songs

What Mates Midair:

Just Like That

Infinite Human Motion

Common Octopus

Ant Aubade



The Art of Instinct

The Art of Flight

Hottest Year on Record

Smash Shop

Bad, Bad Bodhisattva

Electrical Storm


Lay Hold of Me



Killing a Turkey at Belle’s



Long Marriage

Vice Versa



The Way the Apples Sweeten

Long Marriage


A Tiny Set of Claws

Suddenly; Rooted

For Most of a Life


Here is a Pilgrim on a Waterless Shore





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