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Weight .35 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .2 × 9 in

The poems in Ears crackle with aplomb and verve as they try to measure the distance between the ear, an organ of touch, and the often chaotic and sometimes orderly vibrations the ears permit the body to receive; in that gap between trust and faith is this collection of poems—a devotional book that prays to the senses for mercy. It’s tricky.


I like to think of Jared Stanley’s Ears as a friendly rejoinder to Frank O’Hara’s “Personism,” a brilliant collegial corrective that places the poem not between two persons but just simply between, as open to the gritty wind off the Nevada desert as to the spy novels and hot wings of the anthropocene. Indeed, for Stanley, the poem is a form of listening to environs: an “open trick, composed of ears” whose signature magic is an enchantment that has an ethics, an enchantment that enacts “the mandate of inanimate friendship.” This book is an ecological manifesto, an unembarrassed declaration of dependence and love for the world, a kind of manual for turning toward animate and inanimate others with fierce and friendly attention. “I’m pretty sure I’m a sorcerer,” Stanley claims, and the necessary good work done by his poems’ wayward charms convinces me he’s right. Ears is magic we desperately need.

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ISBN: 978-1-937658-62-5
Paperback, 96 pages, 6 x 8.75 in
Publication Date: 2017

Jared Stanley’s new book, Ears, is a manifesto of interdependence and susceptibility, a theory of the senses, and a deliberate sequence of jokes about lyric address. Actually, it’s a book of poems about daily life, listening and looking, among friends… The poet has recently moved from the Bay Area to the Nevada desert, and the book, like Stanley’s previous book The Weeds, sets up a constant interplay between these locations. But while The Weeds drew its intensity from a solitary speaker obsessively investigating and sometimes ventriloquizing his nonhuman surroundings, Ears (as the title suggests) is always socially situated, negotiating a path among human and nonhuman neighbors. Maybe for this reason the poems are more circuitous, the speaker more persistently, often hilariously, self-conscious.

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JARED STANLEY was born in Arizona, grew up in California, and now lives in Nevada. He is the author of three books of poetry: Ears, The Weeds, and Book Made …

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