No. 6: Jack Collom
Yes And No
No. 6, Jack Collom's Yes and No, “employs the humble acrostic to weigh the yes and no of the universe." (Elizabeth Robinson) Collom's latest collection is yet another inventive and compassionate contribution to the boundless biosphere of ecopoetry.
Jack Collom is The Lune's hero. Were it not for his outreach and innovation, The Lune would not exist as an educational poetic form or this publication. We have modeled the journal after the beginner's-mind approach to poetry, which is full of play, and after the phenomenal impact of correspondence, a reminder that poetry is something we must share. Jack is always IN TOUCH with the word as a living critter, and the envelope is its skin.
Praise for Yes And No
“Jack Collom employs the humble acrostic to weigh the yes and no of the universe. He nimbly molds the constraints of form in order to loft new realizations within language. Suddenly we are transported: ‘No place is out of bounds.’ Playful, smart, and indelibly original—if you want proof that wonders never cease, enter these poems."
“Who but Jack Collom would make a poetry sequence, ranging from yippee to flammulated, out of a form so simple a child could sing it? Yes and No is one wild-minded acrostic. But then Collom has studied nature like no other poet."
About the Author
Jack Collom is a pioneer of ecopoetics and poetry education. Since the 1970s he has taught poetry to children and adults with equal enthusiasm and expertise, from elementary schools to nursing homes to Naropa University. His twenty-five books include Blue Heron & IBC, The Fox, Arguing with Something Plato Said, Red Car Goes By: Selected Poems 1955-2000, Exchanges of Earth and Sky and Situation Sings (with Lyn Hejinian). His latest book of poems, Second Nature, won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. He has been anthologized in countless magazines and collections in the United States and abroad, from Best Poems of 1963 to The Best American Poetry 2004.