Today's poem is "Grace"
from Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt

Black Lawrence Press

Jason Tandon is the author of one other collection of poetry, Wee Hour Martyrdom (Sunnyoutside, 2008), and his poems and book reviews have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, and on Verse Daily. He teaches at Boston University.

Other poems by Jason Tandon in Verse Daily:
December 3, 2008:   "A World of Rights and Wrongs" "Afraid of white lies..."

Books by Jason Tandon:

Other poems on the web by Jason Tandon:
Three poems
"Breakfast in My Twenties"
"Cleaning Up after the Dog"

Jason Tandon's Blog.

About Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt:

"Tandon's keen eye and idiosyncratic ear — he picks up shards of language and refashions them, making new wholes from fragments of everyday speech — combine to create a poetry with its own quiet urgency. There is a music that plays beautifully from poem to poem, as the language in subtle ways probes the underlying beauties of casual syntax. I look forward to Tandon's future work with considerable anticipation, although glad to have what he has given us already."
—Jay Parini

"Jason Tandon is loyal to one of the poet's primary obligations: to make us see the world fresh, as if for the first time. The life his poems record is the quotidian one we recognize of dogs, donuts, cigarettes, traffic jams, short-order cooks, and `whatever animal is scratching inside [the] air conditioner.' That nameless animal is a compelling emblem of a truth these poems reveal over and over: that the closer we look at the world, the more unknowable and troubling it is—and beautiful."
—Chris Forhan

"In this book you can find the fingerprints of the trickster, the pilgrim, the lover, the philosopher. I urge you to buy it. You'll be reading it for years."
—Mekeel McBride

"Each of Tandon's poems lure you in with a careful bemusement, then deliver a quivering ache that'll follow you around all day—an 'I'm-happy-to-be-alive' ache, an 'I'm-glad-writing-like-this-exists' ache."
—Todd Zuniga

"Jason Tandon is the Heckler, the patron saint of diners, bowling alleys and the American garden gnome—a reliable witness in an unreliable world. At a `frenetic pitch and toss' where the hilarious convulses alongside the sacred, the poems in this collection chase fires, put a hypnotist on trial, and for the sake of us all `break this eternity into instants.' This is the news that matters. `Drunk and imagining tattoos,' Tandon delivers a casual grace, striking at sincerity through irony and wonder through dailiness, where 'Rachel sits dangling her blistered feet,' and `the snowman at my window laughs.' Tandon's poems glow the way wood glows at night-darkly-in tragicomic relief from the calculated violence that makes empire possible."
—Chad Sweeney

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