Today's poem is "Runaway Military Surveillance Blimp Drifts from Maryland to Pennsylvania"
from Dots & Dashes

Southern Illinois University Press

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including The Arranged Marriage, Red Army Red, Stateside, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post. Her poems, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in the Southern Review, New York Times Magazine, and Hudson Review, among others. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and two fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of North Texas.

Other poems by Jehanne Dubrow in Verse Daily:
June 12, 2017:   "Wireless Doorbell" "What makes it chime when no one's waiting there?..."
May 21, 2015:   "Garment Industry" "My mother lifts a seam ripper, its miniature..."
April 16, 2015:   "Casualty Notificaton" "Switch channels, stop..."
January 23, 2013:   "Malamute" "Someone brought winter to the tropics. At first..."
December 6, 2012:   "Puberty, as the Character of Gordon Gekko" "Greed was good, and I..."
July 15, 2010:   "Recess" "The children are playing at murder again...."
November 29, 2009:   "[my mind grew quiet]" "My mind grew quiet..."

Books by Jehanne Dubrow:

Other poems on the web by Jehanne Dubrow:
"Syllabus for the Dark Ahead"
"The Long Deployment"
"The Valhalla Machine"
"Dinner with Kathleen Battle"
Four poems
"Nowa Huta"
Four poems
"Vinegar Aphrodisiac"
"A Small History of Shopping"
Two poems
"Fragment From a Nonexistent Yiddish Poet"
"Fragment From A Nonexistent Yiddish Poet #34"
"Shulamith Reads The White Hotel"
Two poems
"Fragment From A Nonexistent Yiddish Poet Ida Lewin (1906-1938)"
Three poems
Two poems
"Lot?s Wife in Eastern Europe"
Three poems
"Fragments from a Nonexistent Yiddish Poet"
"Fragments from a Nonexistent Yiddish Poet"
"Wild Mushrooms"
"The Amber Brooch"

Jehanne Dubrow's Website.

Jehanne Dubrow on Twitter.

About Dots & Dashes:

"With Dots & Dashes, Jehanne Dubrow gives us a panoramic view of the landscape of marriage within the structure and confines of military life. This difficult and layered collection refuses to avert its gaze from trouble in all its overt and nuanced forms. While these poems offer glimpses into an often closed-off world, the core experiences within these poems don’t reside on military bases and in military life alone. Dots & Dashes is a series of messages called out over the waters of a life—isolation, separation, the silences and failures of communication—a reminder that sailors are not always the ones who are lost at sea."
—Brian Turner

"Jehanne Dubrow’s newest collection, Dots & Dashes, masterfully plays with the military’s attempts at simplifying and standardizing information. With an agility of language that is both intimate and far-gazing, Dubrow examines the difficulty of communication between man and woman, military and civilian, service member and academic. This exploration of relationships is written with the intensity and honesty that makes Dubrow one of our greatest poets, and the brilliance of Dots & Dashes reads loud and clear."
—Siobhan Fallon

"In her new book, Jehanne Dubrow’s poems are simultaneously so raw and well-made, so elemental and sophisticated, as to seem almost operatic in their reach and power. One thing that she restores to poetry is the premodern, particularly ancient Greek, sense of the insistent link between armaments and warriors on the one hand and Eros on the other. Her poems, nevertheless, are firmly contemporary with their modern naval references, but her colloquy with other authors—there’s a lovely poem on Jane Austen’s Persuasion for example—gives them a sobering and timeless ‘’twas ever thus’ feel. And not the least of its charms is that the book can be read as one long, lyrical, involved, and self-aware love poem (I doubt the word husband appears so many times, and with such varied emphases, in any other recent poetry book of comparable quality). A wonderful read!"
—Dick Davis

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