What Goes Without Saying: Collected Stories of Josephine Jacobsen

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JHU Press, May 8, 2000 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The recipient of nearly every major literary award in the United States, Josephine Jacobsen has enjoyed a career that spans more than six decades, from the publication of her first poem at age eleven to her 1995 nomination as a National Book Award finalist. What Goes without Saying brings together thirty of her previously published stories. In "Sound of Shadows," she takes readers through the double-bolted front door of a rowhouse, into the narrow quarters of Mrs. Bart, an elderly widow who has folded her life into her dark living room where the sole light in her "one room wide" world comes from the magenta- and green-tinged colors flashing on her television screen. We follow the muezzin's melancholy call in "A Walk with Raschid," an O. Henry Prize story about an intriguing ten-year-old Arab boy who guides a honeymoon couple through the Moroccan Fez. And the tautly written "Protection" begins with an exacting poetic image that is typical of Jacobsen's insightful prose: "Mica sparkles. The banshee ambulance is beating its mad bell. Like a reaped grassblade on a meadow of macadam, its object lies."

 

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Perhaps best known for her poetry (e.g., In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems, Johns Hopkins, 1995), Jacobsen has accomplished in this wonderful collection what Tobias Woolf once said he ... Read full review

Contents

The Inner Path i
1
Sound of Shadows
36
The Jungle of Lord Lion
45
The Ring of Kerry
55
A Walk with Raschid
78
The Squirrels of Summer
101
Atlantic City
111
The Sessions of Mr Cox
131
Mr Meadowss Cup
148
The Night the Playoffs Were Rained Out
190
Vocation
198
The Mango Community
223
The Friends
305
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Josephine Jacobsen has written seven books of poetry, two works of criticism, and three collections of short fiction. From 1971 to 1973 she served two terms as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a post recently retitled National Poet Laureate. Her many awards include a 1994 Academy of the Arts citation; the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for service to poetry; and the selection of On the Island: Short Stories as one of the five nominees for the PEN-Faulkner fiction award. Other honors include a recent award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and eight inclusions of her storiesin the O. Henry Prize Stories.

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