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Damage

Jacque Vaught Brogan

“There are many beautiful moments in Jacque Vaught Brogan’s work, moments of striking imagination and music. Brogan has a talent, an ear, an eye, and knowledge of the tradition . . . readers will be charmed by the fresh imagery, the passion, and the tightness of her poems.” —Aliki Barnstone, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Damage is remarkably fearless in its address of the modern emotional terrain. Brogan’s writing is scintillating, rich, and exciting in its vision. We hear a fresh voice at work in these poems.” —Cynthia Hogue, Bucknell University

Jacque Vaught Brogan’s collection of poems, Damage, examines a variety of cultural, natural, and personal damages in a lyrical voice ironically marked by intense beauty. This disjunction is precisely what makes the volume so disturbing and yet so tantalizing. The first section, “Windows,” examines the public sphere of failures and violence, including the simple cyclical decay of nature itself. The next section, “Blue Waters,” shifts the focus from the public to the personal, in poems frought with betrayal and desire, disillusionment and erotic bondings. In the last section, “Notes from the Body,” Brogan braids these two spheres into a strikingly original and risky series of poems which fearlessly addresses the modern emotional terrain or what might be called the genuinely “body politic.”

ISBN: 978-0-268-02561-8
64 pages
Publication Year: 2003

Jacque Vaught Brogan is professor emerita of English and American literature at the University of Notre Dame. She has been the featured poet in several journals, including Connotations, The E.E. Cummings Journal, and Poetry International. Her other works include Stevens and Simile, Part of the Climate, The Violence Within/The Violence Without, and Women Poets of the America, co-edited with Cordelia Candelaria and published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

“These are poems that can’t relax. Vivid and spare, bright and sparse, sensually alert, but not languorous—think of them as love poems in a nervous world, for even when ‘love’ is not their obvious subject, this book pivots around the way its practice is constantly interrupted by the sharp intrusions of everything from global warming to random murder, as though these exterior events make the building of even the human next a more precarious enterprise.” — Poetry International

“There are many beautiful moments in Jacque Vaught Brogan’s work, moments of striking imagination and music. Brogan has a talent, an ear, an eye, and knowledge of the tradition . . . readers will be charmed by the fresh imagery, the passion, and the tightness of her poems.” — Aliki Barnstone, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Damage is remarkably fearless in its address of the modern emotional terrain. Brogan’s writing is scintillating, rich, and exciting in its vision. We hear a fresh voice at work in these poems.” — Cynthia Hogue, Bucknell University

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“There are many beautiful moments in Jacque Vaught Brogan’s work, moments of striking imagination and music. Brogan has a talent, an ear, an eye, and knowledge of the tradition . . . readers will be charmed by the fresh imagery, the passion, and the tightness of her poems.” —Aliki Barnstone, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Damage is remarkably fearless in its address of the modern emotional terrain. Brogan’s writing is scintillating, rich, and exciting in its vision. We hear a fresh voice at work in these poems.” —Cynthia Hogue, Bucknell University

Jacque Vaught Brogan’s collection of poems, Damage, examines a variety of cultural, natural, and personal damages in a lyrical voice ironically marked by intense beauty. This disjunction is precisely what makes the volume so disturbing and yet so tantalizing. The first section, “Windows,” examines the public sphere of failures and violence, including the simple cyclical decay of nature itself. The next section, “Blue Waters,” shifts the focus from the public to the personal, in poems frought with betrayal and desire, disillusionment and erotic bondings. In the last section, “Notes from the Body,” Brogan braids these two spheres into a strikingly original and risky series of poems which fearlessly addresses the modern emotional terrain or what might be called the genuinely “body politic.”

ISBN: 978-0-268-02561-8

64 pages

“These are poems that can’t relax. Vivid and spare, bright and sparse, sensually alert, but not languorous—think of them as love poems in a nervous world, for even when ‘love’ is not their obvious subject, this book pivots around the way its practice is constantly interrupted by the sharp intrusions of everything from global warming to random murder, as though these exterior events make the building of even the human next a more precarious enterprise.” — Poetry International

“There are many beautiful moments in Jacque Vaught Brogan’s work, moments of striking imagination and music. Brogan has a talent, an ear, an eye, and knowledge of the tradition . . . readers will be charmed by the fresh imagery, the passion, and the tightness of her poems.” — Aliki Barnstone, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Damage is remarkably fearless in its address of the modern emotional terrain. Brogan’s writing is scintillating, rich, and exciting in its vision. We hear a fresh voice at work in these poems.” — Cynthia Hogue, Bucknell University