Pub Date 15 Apr 2018
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In this strong, lyrically complex collection, Jackson documents an African American young adulthood and the movement toward courtship, marriage, and maturing love. Pardon My Heart reckons with past experiences and revelatory hard-earned ideas about race and class that will resonate with importance in this urgent political climate.
"Pardon My Heart is a lyrically complex, beautifully integrated collection that will no doubt appeal to a wide audience of readers. Jackson possesses a keen ability to document ideas of maturing love alongside a reckoning of hard-earned ideas about race in a stripped down, clear, and passionate diction that is balanced masterfully against his use of the sonnet form and related lyric modes." —Peter Covino, author of Cut Off the Ears of Winter and The Right Place to Jump
"A book born out of a pain pounded into the skin, of an unstoppable song, of the terrible wondrous thing we call love, Marcus Jackson's Pardon My Heart is a full blown heartbreaker. Each poem is a real and necessary look into what we inherit of the world's sorrow and how we are pulled toward grace by that great middle ticker inside us all." —Ada Limón, author of Bright Dead Things