By Janet Kaplan
Poetry - Paperback
Janet Kaplan has served as Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University and is currently a creative writing faculty member at Hofstra University, where she is Editor in Chief of AMP magazine. Honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts, fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has earned praise from poets and critics as contrastive as Dan Beachy Quick and Adrienne Rich. Kaplan's previous books are Dreamlife of a Philanthropist, The Glazier’s Country, The Groundnote.
"Extremely original,Ecotones rages toward meaning. “Signs, for example. No one should plan on them.” Piecing together “fragments from tablets” and “pixie pixels on the click-here’s,” Janet Kaplan presents us with “futuristic tropes” to give us hope. Take “Technopastoral,” in which she sees Kilmer through programmer’s code—we just have “to adjust to the language” until we “hit save and my software crashes”—irony brilliantly colliding with the quotidian. A convergence of history, poetry, narrative and science to celebrate, wikiquick!"- Terese Svoboda, author ofProfessor Harriman’s Steam Air- Shipand When The Next Big War Blows Down The Valley: Selected and New
"The personal. The citational. The chronicle. All the “conquistadorial spillage….” InEcotones, Janet Kaplan pieces these verging environs. The writing is transitional; contemplative. We are reminded everywhere of how edges touch, how language is code. The poet has flipped the surface of the page to better show us a map of our disconsolate displacements. “Motion is the translation of a body from the place it occupies to another place,” writes Euler; Janet Kaplan: “and I, bit player, confessor-chronicler, / will write it.” "- Edric Mesmer, author ofFawningand series editor of Among the Neighbors