The Absurd Man (Hardcover)


By Major Jackson

W. W. Norton & Company, 9781324004554, 80pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

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Inspired by the philosophy of Albert Camus, Major Jackson's fifth volume subtly configures the poet as "absurd hero." With intense musicality and buoyant lyricism, The Absurd Man follows the titular speaker as he confronts the struggle for meaning in a technological world and the difficulty of social and political unity, finding refuge in intellectual and sensuous passions. At once melancholic and jubilant, Jackson considers the journey of humanity, with all its foibles, as a sacred pattern of discovery reconciled by art and the imagination.

From "The Absurd Man at Fourteen"

He punched her again, a woman called the house,
some yelling then us out the door leaving
the kitchen phone cord swinging.