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Scattered Clouds

New and Selected Poems

By avoiding cumbersome punctuation and the formality of capitalization, Reuben Jackson lullabies his way into treasured-voice status, quiet yet forceful. A jazz scholar and former curator with the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection, Jackson was chosen for the Columbia Book Award in 1991 for his first collection, fingering the keys.

2 haiku

a bag lady stares
at a neglected mansion
crumbling in the rain

black history month:
everyone loves your people
until march arrives.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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