After Image

Jenny George

Forthcoming October 2024

A house, an orchard, “a shudder of blossoms.” A fountain, a bed, a sudden spring snow. Carefully woven from a dreamlike set of images which echo and reconfigure throughout the collection, the poems in Jenny George’s After Image hug the cusp between life and death, between a living body and its absence. “And in the space / left behind—” Time slips. Eurydice muses on the gestures of the living, and we look out from inside the removed head of Orpheus. The laughing gods and the furies make appearances too, and the poet’s persona appears as its own character—the observing self, navigating the strangenesses of grief’s terrain. Unsentimental yet pulsing with love, each cutting and transcendent poem is relentless in its willingness to see, to hold both the impossibility and inevitability of transformation. In scenes that hover between the ordinary, the imagined, and the unknowable, and with George’s sly, meticulous simplicity, After Image asks what lingers in the face of death and what falls away.

ISBN: 9781556596957

Format: Paperback

Rain and Stars

A person can be removed. All evidence
points to it. And in the space
left behind—

It rained all night.
A heavy, even rain that added to the pond.

Now there are tiny fish
scissoring in the blackness.
New alphabets, not encased in anything—
these ripples of emergence,

silver darts
in a withdrawing sky.

About the Author

Jenny George is the author of The Dream of Reason (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She is also a winner of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Narrative, Granta, The Iowa Review, FIELD, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Jenny lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she works in social …

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