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Jonathan Locke Hart

English , 2016/11

Tags: paradise, purgatory, hell, earth, heaven, inferno

210 x 145 mm , 104pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-8228-65-2

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A modern day meditation on the inferno, purgatorio and paradisio of our world. Jonathan Locke Hart  explores in a contemporary context the divine and human comedy, taking his inspiration from Dante, but also making and questioning poetry in a world where light shines “on abandoned tires, industrial/ Junk devoid of allegory” and in a world that is and is not real. This poetry is an exploration of mind, body and soul in an industrial and technological world that has changed so much since the great mythological worlds made by poets as great as Dante and Shakespeare.  But the poem moves from this “sullen industrial waste” and fires of existential hell through the in- between and purgatorial state to one of hope and light.  All this is within and without the contemporary world.


“Jonathan Hart’s most recent book of poetry, Musing (2011) was entirely sonnets, which is the perfect form for repeated and recursive meditation on the self. ... In the present work Hart turns to a rarer, more public form of address, one that sees the world feelingly in the nerves and heart while grasping it with the mind, assessing it and finally judging it. This is an exercise in moral and political speech.... Few poets – though they include Eliot, Auden, Lowell, Jorie Graham and A. R. Ammons – venture with such authority to speak for the world.” – Gordon Teskey, Harvard University

JONATHAN LOCKE HART is Chair Professor, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Theory, and Literature in English and Director, Centre for Creative Writing and Literary Translation and Culture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  He is also Core Faculty in Comparative Literature at Western University and Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is a poet, writer of other genres, literary scholar and historian who studied at Toronto and Cambridge and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, Toronto,  the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and elsewhere.  The author of many articles and over twenty books,  he has been writing since he was thirteen, and, for more than thirty years,  his poetry  appeared in literary journals, such as Quarry, Grain, The Antigonish ReviewMattoid and  Harvard Review. His books of poetry are Breath and Dust, Dream China, Dream Salvage, Dreamwork and Musing.  He has collaborated with artists on artist books like Darkfire, The Waiting Room and Stow. His poetry has been translated into many languages including French, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Estonian, Greek, Slovenian and Serbian.  In 2016,  part of his novel, Not an Incredible Journey, will appear in Serbian.

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