blue jeaned buddhists

Duck Lake Books presents

blue jeaned buddhists

poetry by

dan jacoby

Book Release Date
November 15, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-943900-22-0

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blue jeaned buddhists is a 94 page volume of poetry with a quiet spirituality without turning away from the more violent reality of American life. At time reminiscent of Kerouac, Corso or Ginsburg, this poetry is tempered with the quiet reflection of Dickinson. Jacoby bravely shows us the harsh injustice of life to give us the strength to find and embrace inner peace.

Being an older gentleman who began writing poetry seriously late in life, Dan Jacody tempers the wisdom of age with a fresh voice

                        like a preening tom cat
                        going over old ground
                        listening for sound…

With a calm honest voice, Jacoby explores the realities of American life where hope and prosperity have always been on streets paved with violence. This is not, and never has been, a land of the quick draw clean gunfight. In dusty cowboy towns of the 19th century, one would more likely to be shot in the back of the head, out-numbered and ambushed, like today, a young black man shot five times with his back turned on the police, hands in the air. Jacoby faces this reality

                        like an urban buddhist
                        never taking his boot
                        off the neck of life.

America is a place where affluence and poverty mingle on the same street, where the rich fear the poor and the poor embrace fear for survival. This is a place where

                        vibrant flowering life succumbs
                        like an over tightened piano wire
                        to the stranglehold of poverty.

Through it all, Jacoby finds a way to end with hope, with peace of mind, setting into William Faulkner’s rocking chair.

                        on that perch sat I
                        no permission sought
                        no eyes to see
                        conversed with ghosts
                        without sound and
                        with no fury.

About the Poet:

Dan Jacoby, a former educator, steel worker and Army counterintelligence agent, is a graduate of St. Louis University, Chicago State University, and Governors State University. He has published poetry in Anchor and Plume(Kindred), Arkansas Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Bombay Gin, Burningword Literary Review, Canary, The Fourth River, Wilderness House Literary Review, Steel Toe Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and Red Fez to name a few. He is a member of the Carlinville Writers Guild and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015.

Revised August 10, 2019
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