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Jazz [Paperback]

Jeanpaul Ferro
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25 April 2011
Romantic and full of wistful humor, the poetry of Jéanpaul Ferro seduces through its humanity and humility. Here are poems dealing with break-ups, city life and disappointments; relevant and vibrant, they speak to the heart and mind. True to its name, Jazz has an improvised quality, shifting from step to step with delightful unpredictability. So flip open, dip in and fall in love with poetry again.

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Honest Publishing (25 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956665861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956665867
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,173,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jéanpaul Ferro's Jazz is full of this gut-wrenching diversity that moves us through a realm of heartbreaking worlds full of longing and contradiction. It is high art. It is modern life. It is the very world that we all see around us. As a whole, Jazz is a time capsule for the past ten years of American life. --Rachel Lancaster, Rattle Magazine

Jéanpaul Ferro's poems welcome you in and pour you a glass of the good stuff, with sinuous music in the background and dark wind in the trees outside to make you want to stay. ----Tom Chandler, Providence Journal

About the Author

Jeanpaul Ferro is a novelist, short fiction author, poet and photographer from Providence, Rhode Island. An 8-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has appeared on National Public Radio, Contemporary American Voices, Columbia Review, Emerson Review, Connecticut Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Portland Monthly, The Providence Journal, Arts and Understanding Magazine and many others. He is the author of All The Good Promises (Plowman Press, 1994), Becoming X (BlazeVox Books, 2008), You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers (Thumbscrew Press, 2009), Hemispheres (Maverick Duck Press, 2009) and Essendo Morti-Being Dead (Goldfish Press, 2009), which was nominated for the 2010 Griffin Prize in Poetry. He is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. He currently lives along the south coast of southern Rhode Island.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest Poetry 27 May 2011
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The first poem about the displacement of the ego, lost among the resident souls on a University campus, learning to make oneself heard, sets the scene for a dark, sometimes distressing, but always thoughtful collection.

The majority of Jeanpaul Ferro's poems speak of love, life, death, war, futility and living in a disconnected state. There is a feeling of experience that few really understand but more people go through than are considered. We hear the voices of people who's homes are destroyed by war, who's eyes are tortured by their surroundings as they try to rebuild their lives, who have loved and lost and who are seeking romance still. Searching for what is lost and yearning for the past, however imperfect, is a major theme of these poems as is the irony of the American Dream and how reality is rarely that co-operative. Sometimes dark, but always inescapably human, these are musings on the past and how the future often fails to deliver.

Gritty, realistic but sometimes disconnected (yes, with a jazz-like quality), this is a collection from a new independent publisher that is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz by Jeanpaul Ferro 9 Sep 2011
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Jazz contains poems of life and death, hope and despair. A fascinating combination of literary and speculative themes (not that they need necessarily be different), this collection delves elegantly into the pain and joy of Twenty-First Century American life.

This is another worthy collection from the award winning pen of Jeanpaul Ferro that you really ought to check out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection 1 July 2011
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What made Jeanpaul Ferro's work stand out for me was the modesty. That's right. Modesty. It's very rare to find a poet whose intentions aren't to bewilder/confuse/throw you a poetic bone. One of the reasons people don't read poetry is because it has a reputation as being pretentious, untouchable, a special interest group read only. What Jeanpaul Ferro does in Jazz is tackle subjects that matter. War, love, loneliness, city life.

His language is beautifully understated, like a friend he guides you through his visions with tender care. And not once does he patronise or irritate with over usage of the thesaurus. To my mind, this fine collection is what poetry should be all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Stylish 1 July 2011
By RLS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been a big fan of Jeanpaul Ferro for several years, and have read and loved all of his chapbooks (my favorite is Essendo Morti, which I believe was actually translated and sold in other countries... you don't hear about that happening too often anymore!!) and Jazz is another triumph... ever stylish, with powerful insights and Ferro's mad brilliant writing, I recommend it to any lover of high quality poetry. He'll amaze you, I promise!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant collection 1 July 2011
By Bogdan Tiganov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What made Jeanpaul Ferro's work stand out for me was the modesty. That's right. Modesty. It's very rare to find a poet whose intentions aren't to bewilder/confuse/throw you a poetic bone. One of the reasons people don't read poetry is because it has a reputation as being pretentious, untouchable, a special interest group read only. What Jeanpaul Ferro does in Jazz is tackle subjects that matter. War, love, loneliness, city life.

His language is beautifully understated; like a friend he guides you through his visions with tender care. And not once does he patronise or irritate with over usage of the thesaurus. To my mind, this fine collection is what poetry should be all about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for your collection- LOVED IT 30 Jun 2011
By eager reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I opened and began reading and savoring each and every one of these poems in this collection - and couldn't and didn't want to stop!~! One of the best collections of poetry I've read in a long long time!! I'm so impressed by this writer and the emotions he illicits with his writing... You will NOT be dissapointed with this book!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book 9 Sep 2011
By Jay Doubleu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jazz contains poems of life and death, hope and despair. A fascinating combination of literary and speculative themes (not that they need necessarily be different), this collection delves elegantly into the pain and joy of Twenty-First Century American life.

This is another worthy collection from the award winning pen of Jeanpaul Ferro. You really ought to check it out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the spell of Jazz 6 Sep 2011
By Millicent Accardi - Published on Amazon.com
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The poetry of Jeanpaul Ferro is down to earth and also ethereal. As in the poem "79 Degree Probability of Loss," the reader is tenderly guided and urged through an excursion of the frozen town of Madonna de Campiglio in Austria to "another place you must come, one more dream to put your trust in," but not just a voyage into ice, but a voyage between two people, tension, ease, then tension again.

Sublime images abound from "the knife of your spine" to "the sound of your hands against the piano back in the states," Ferro paints scenes inside the ordinary days of life and love and loss along with connections beyond. Connections to loss, sight, interaction, the lines tense up and shadow box.

His new collection Jazz is intricate, beguiling, intense, engaging. As Rachel Lancaster in Rattle states, "like real jazz, it leaves you dizzy and drunk and panting for more."

Millicent Borges Accardi, author of Injuring Eternity
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