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Rodney Jones

Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Jones is a distinguished scholar and professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has taught there since 1985.

Biography: Rodney Jones is a poet and professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He was educated at the University of Alabama and earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

  • '''''The Story They Told Us of Light''''' Associated Writing Programs Award, 1980 '''''The Unborn'''''
  • -- Lavan Younger Poets Award, 1986 '''''Transparent Gestures'''''
  • -- National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1989 '''''Elegy for the Southern Drawl''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poet

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rodney Jones on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Apocalyptic narrative and other poems /
ISBN: 0395710871 OCLC: 27976931

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1993.

A poetry collection which instills the keepsakes of fleeting America with a holy spirit and ultimately inks in a map of this place and time that suggests both individual and collective renewal. --Houghton Mifflin.

Elegy for the southern drawl /
ISBN: 0618082492 OCLC: 46382106

Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston : 2001, ©1999.

Exulting in the speech of his native Alabama, Rodney Jone's new poems combine satire and ode, formal lament and ribald joke.

Imaginary logic :
ISBN: 9780547479781 OCLC: 688559504

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston : 2011.

Middle age, masculinity, competition, religion, football, and the art of poetry itself spin together into powerful ironies in some of the best poems Jones has created so far: 'I had a dream, ' one begins, 'of harnessing and exacting irrevocable power over others ... in the cleat-pocked, dried dirt of a practice field.

Kingdom of the instant
ISBN: 0618446648 OCLC: 50064982

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2002.

A collection of poems considers such topics as natural history and the environment, religious expression, regionalism, and the act of making poetry.

Salvation blues :
ISBN: 0618872264 OCLC: 123916277

Mariner Book : Boston : 2007.

Salvation blues :
ISBN: 0618624309 OCLC: 59011615

Rodney Jones has been called "the supreme example of the southern human person speaking in American poetry" (Southern Review) and one of the nation's "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry). Salvation Blues traces the career of this popular narrative poet through one hundred choice poems, including twenty-four bold new pieces.

  The unborn :
ISBN: 0871130041 OCLC: 11091063

Atlantic Monthly Press, Boston : ©1985.

Things that happen once :
ISBN: 0395856019 OCLC: 320004940

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston : ©1997.

Transparent gestures /
ISBN: 0395510627 OCLC: 18987241

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 1989.

Treatise on laughter
ISBN: 0817300295 OCLC: 5171239

University of Alabama Press, University : ©1980.