Today's poem is "Reception"
from Quality of Life

Black Lawrence Press

Jason Tandon was born in Hartford, CT in 1975. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), winner of the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award, and Wee Hour Martyrdom (sunnyoutside, 2008). His work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in AGNI Online, Boston Review, Esquire, Harvard Review Online, Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.

Other poems by Jason Tandon in Verse Daily:
February 12, 2010:   "Grace" "Beneath a sapling cypress, Buddha floats..."
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.

Jason Tandon's Website.

About Quality of Life:

"On the evidence of these terrific poems, Jason Tandon wants a little peace and quiet, but must have suspected from the get-go that it’d be a long-time coming, if ever. That’s okay—in the meantime, he’s keeping himself (and us) entertained (and instructed) with his tart, funny, sorrowful renderings of life as it’s lived all over our perishable republic. Reading this wise book made me feel as if my breathing space had expanded in many basic if mysterious ways—it will enrich your oxygen too."
—David Rivard

"In Quality of Life, Tandon carves a space for the essential unknowability of moments, an unknowability that extends to the past and continues to unsettle the things we did, who we were. This book is a helpful journey to where we find ourselves, and what we have to show for it, our place in this world, this “one big ravine” that doesn’t revolve around us. These poems are a friendly, human reminder of how we drink and dream, making up the sense of it all."
—John Gallaher

"The poems in Jason Tandon’s Quality of Life meditate on loss, love, the complexities of memory, the way, perhaps, snowdrifts seen from the road recall a sheet covering the body of an old friend lost at sea. Or they speak of our need to hold onto moments of clarity, epiphany, or self-knowledge even as they slip past us: a “field of sunflowers / that have tilted their heads to the sky / beside the barn freshly painted / a candy apple red” or the moon “like a sickle’s blade” that “clatters across the lake.” These poems, so many of which exist in the sphere of the familiar—the memory of a piano teacher, a dog bounding through the grass—are acutely observed, thoughtful, occasionally whimsical, and composed with elegance, fine music, and grace. Quality of Life is a delight."
—Kevin Prufer

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