Poet of the Month: Seaborn Jones
Jones has published two books of poetry, the most recent Lost Keys (1996, Snake Nation Press), and three
chapbooks, the most recent Getaway Car in Reverse (2006, Steam Iron Press). His poems have
appeared in the New York Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, River Styx, Poetry
NZ, Rockhurst Review, J Journal, and numerous other journals. His awards include: Georgia Author of the Year in poetry (1998), Alan
Collins Scholar in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers Conference (1991) two Individual
Artist Awards in Poetry from the Georgia Council for the Arts (1985 and 1989) and the
Violet Reed Haas Poetry Prize (1996).
Roethke said a poem began for him with a mood or a phrase. Thats the way it seems to work for me. My
poems are architectural; I write down the mood or phrase in a notebook and build on it.
Some poems seem to just roll out with no effort. I can only assume that these poems have
been incubating in my unconscious and have percolated to the conscious. Everything
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I lean more toward Democritus view that poetry is traced to the poets
invocation with the Muse than Pindars view that poetry is an acquired
skill. My problem is that I dont know where my Muse is half the time.
Its like being married to someone who says shes going to the store, then
disappears for days only to return with no explanation, then wanders off again.
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