Tomorrow's Living Room

by Jason Whitmarsh

foreword by Billy Collins


Volume 13 of the May Swenson Poetry Award Series, 2009


"With so many poets working the American idiom these days, it is a wonder to find one with an original voice, but Jason Whitmarsh has carved out a verbal territory for himself unlike anyone else's. It is the kind of voice that whistles for our attention."
—Billy Collins

 

Tomorrow's Living Room offers a pleasantly disorienting verbal territory. The collection is alternately wry and dark, hopeful and bleak, full of unexpected light and laugh-out-loud incongruities. We begin to see that the shape and the furniture of Jason Whitmarsh's world reflect our own world (and may in fact be universal), but we're considering them through completely new terms of engagement.

 

Capitalism as Comeuppance

Alternate Tuesdays    he tolls in the office
with the modest manners    of the metered at work.
Why not withered?    ---and worn from lunches
of saltlicks and sandbars    in the sunlit cafe,
the breath a capstone    of bright fatigue
and the elevator    vanishing at five
a trick of the light.     It's labeled unfit
and filed in the drawer    by "fever-pitched,"
near the quartered starts     of the quieted few,
even their torture not their own.    The tic of the eye
becomes all the talk:    how terrible, they say,
how terrible that we    in the towers and visions
whistle no longer    and still watch the clock.

 

Jason Whitmarsh earned his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Washington, where he was awarded a Klepser Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Fence. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children. Tomorrow's Living Room is his first full-length collection.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

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