Journey to the Lost City

Jonathan Aaron

Taking its title from the cult horror movie classic, Jonathan Aaron’s third book is a work of appropriately sharp wit, irony and disarming tenderness. Cool, metaphysically quizzical and almost Eastern-European in sensibility, the poems in Journey to the Lost City are savvy, intelligent, personal, and yet reserved; juxtaposing historical persons and places with the immediate, Aaron’s work speaks with an authority that is wholly American, timeless and intimate.

ISBN: 9781931337304

Format: Paperback


Five months old and already a hundred pounds,
head like a cinderblock wrapped in grey velour,
he pinned my arm under his chin on the chair arm
and fixed me with an unblinking, yellow-eyed stare.

I tried to understand, but the heat was something.
The flagstones rippled like linen under water.
Wasps kept dropping stupified from the grapevines.
Not even the chickens were talking.

He sighed and licked his complicated chops.
My eyes kept closing. Good boy, I think I said.
That night I heard him barking in the shadows
of the laurel grove, learning his trade.

About the Author

Jonathan Aaron lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is the author of three collections of poetry. His work has received many honors, including fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell. His poems, essays, and reviews have been widely published in periodicals including The Paris Review and The New York Review of Books and his poems have appeared five times in The Best American Poetry.

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“Nostalgia for the past becomes a kind of twilight zone… The reader finds identity and imagination forever entangled and fused.” —Poetry Foundation