No. 6: Jack Collom

No. 6: Jack Collom


ISBN: 9780996793315 / Paperback / 5.5 x 8.5 / 19pp

No. 6, Jack Collom's Yes and No (preview), “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 (1931 - 2017) is The Lune's hero; like countless others across all possible demographics, we witnessed and benefited from his poetic ingenuity and boundless energy for years. In addition to taking its name from a poetic form of his own invention, The Lune is modeled after the beginner's-mind approach to poetry that Jack embodied: an engagement replete with delight, focus, generosity, and play. Jack was always in touch with the word as a living critter. Long may it be at home in us all.

“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."

— Elizabeth Robinson

“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."

— Andrew Schelling

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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.

Poetry is itself an ecology of words. It’s contextual, interrelational. That’s what ecology means - interrelationships. Poems have implications and resonations in the culture. There’s a ripple effect even when only a few really understand it—only a few understood Einstein. It affects others who in turn affect others.
— Jack Collom
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