The New Salon: Poets in Conversation
|Major Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops (Norton:
2006) and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the
Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
Hoops was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding
Literature - Poetry. His third volume of poetry Holding Company is
forthcoming from W.W. Norton. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and
has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner
Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He served as a creative
arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
and as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of
Massachusetts-Lowell. Major Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold
Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington
Writing Seminars. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review. |
Photo Credit: Erin Patrice O'Brien
|How to Listen
Copyright by Major Jackson
I am going to cock my head tonight like a dog
in front of McGlinchy's Tavern on Locust;
I am going to stand beside the man who works all day combing
his thatch of gray hair corkscrewed in every direction.
I am going to pay attention to our lives
unraveling between the forks of his fine-tooth comb.
For once, we won't talk about the end of the world
or Vietnam or his exquisite paper shoes.
For once, I am going to ignore the profanity and
the dancing and the jukebox so I can hear his head crackle
beneath the sky's stretch of faint stars.