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Music Minus One book. Jane Shore transfigures the emotional dimensions of her childhood into her own motherhood, life in Vermont, and a moving elegy for her mother.

Music Minus One book. These poems are striking for their jazzy melancholy and their structural ambition.

Jane Shore’s collection Music Minus One is a wonderfully crafted collection of poetry that almost reads like an. .

Jane Shore’s collection Music Minus One is a wonderfully crafted collection of poetry that almost reads like an autobiography. The collection moves from Shore’s early life, through her adolescence, and into her adult life. Everything from learning to read to motherhood to the loss of her mother is recounted throughout this collection. I grew up down the street from Jane Shore and went to school with her, however, after reading her poems I realize that I never really knew her. "Music Minus One" opened up a flood of nostalgic memories for me of Jane, her parents, Bergenline Av. the plane that crashed into the apartment house a block from where I grew up, and being Jewish in the 1950's.

That Said: New and Selected Poems by. Jane Shore.

Music minus one : poems. by. Shore, Jane, 1947-. Jane Shore's father played the saxophone with the Big Bands of the thirties and forties and figures prominently in this book. With the more intimate music of family life, the author transfigures the emotional dimensions of her childhood into the experience of her own motherhood, life in Vermont, and a memorable elegy for her mother, Essie. These poems are striking for their jazzy melancholy, structural ambition, and their creation of an autobiography in verse"-Page 4 of cover.

Music Minus One, a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critic Circle Award The poems seem a vivid refusal of desolation, though there is no reluctance i.

Music Minus One, a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critic Circle Award. 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship. two grants from the . Put another way, there is in the poetry of Jane Shore, a freshness of outlook, even when the dominant instinct is retrospective.

Shore writes poems that are "memorabilia; they cultivate the .

In Publishers Weekly, a correspondent deemed Music Minus One "a virtuoso performance" in which the poet "captures the nuances of an intense childhood lived as if every decision will be crucial for the lives around he.

Jane Shore is an American poet.

Jane Shore is an American poet. Eye Level, winner of the 1977 Juniper Prize The Minute Hand, awarded the 1986 Lamont Poetry Prize Music Minus One, a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critic Circle Award 1991 Guggenheim Fellowship two grants from the National Education Association fellow in poetry at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute Alfred Hodder Fellow at Princeton University Goodyear Fellow at the Foxcroft School in Virginia. Happy Family: Poems by Jane Shore (1999-08-23).

From the Music Minus One Catalogue. Sunday afternoons, my father practiced flute in the family room. He warmed up, playing scales while my mother worked the crossword puzzle in her wing chair, like a throne. Three o'clock and she was still wearing her nightgown and slippers. Our store downstairs was closed. She was sick of looking at dresses all week. Sunday was her day of rest. I sprawled on the floor with my homework. Each in our little orbit.

JANE SHORE is the author of five previous books of poems, including Music Minus One, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She teaches at George Washington University and lives in the District of Columbia with her husband, Howard Norman. Библиографические данные. That Said: New and Selected Poems.

An autobiographical collection of poetry begins in 1950s New Jersey in the author's hometown and covers such topics as her father's musical talent and playing, childhood, motherhood, life in Vermont, and her mother's death

Music Minus One: Poems epub download

ISBN13: 978-0312146863

ISBN: 0312146868

Author: Jane Shore

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Poetry

Language: English

Publisher: Picador USA; 1st Picador USA ed edition (September 1, 1996)

Pages: 107 pages

ePUB size: 1512 kb

FB2 size: 1646 kb

Rating: 4.6

Votes: 509

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Vivaral
A newspaper review quoted on this website says, regarding Jane Shore's "Music Minus One", that "at times, the 'prosy' nature of her stories leads the reader to wonder why she's arranged her work into verses --- prose poems might have been more suitable".

I couldn't agree more. I was drawn to the book by an interesting premise --- a memoir in poetry about the writer's experiences of childhood in the '50s and motherhood, complete with elegies to parents, etc. This idea was extremely appealing to me. But I soon saw the flaws mentioned in the review I've just mentioned --- while Shore's vignettes are compelling, and sometimes moving, there is an irritating 'prosiness' about her poems --- the sense that she just took prose fragments and broke them into stanzas.

Here are some examples of what I mean:

"My family admired the Dutch people; / they'd hidden Jews in their houses during the War. / Once, while I was playing with my tea set, / I heard my aunt Roz say the exact thing: / 'The Dutch hid Jews during the War'" ("Washing the Streets of Holland").

"That was the summer I had a job, baby-sitting / for a couple who'd had a baby late, at forty-two" ("Days of Awe").

"I loved to shop at the Five-and-Ten, / the Woolworth's on Bergenline, / a block away from my parents' store" ("The Five-and-Ten").

Poetry, for me, has to have that special extra thing, magic. The unusual or beautiful arrangement of words, the arresting image. That's what makes it different from prose --- and not just the fact that it's arranged into verses. And, while Jane Shore occasionally strikes that perfect note, there's not enough of that magic in this book, and too much of the type of sentence I have quoted above. So, for me at least, the collection was ultimately unsatisfying.

Two and a half stars.
Vivaral
A newspaper review quoted on this website says, regarding Jane Shore's "Music Minus One", that "at times, the 'prosy' nature of her stories leads the reader to wonder why she's arranged her work into verses --- prose poems might have been more suitable".

I couldn't agree more. I was drawn to the book by an interesting premise --- a memoir in poetry about the writer's experiences of childhood in the '50s and motherhood, complete with elegies to parents, etc. This idea was extremely appealing to me. But I soon saw the flaws mentioned in the review I've just mentioned --- while Shore's vignettes are compelling, and sometimes moving, there is an irritating 'prosiness' about her poems --- the sense that she just took prose fragments and broke them into stanzas.

Here are some examples of what I mean:

"My family admired the Dutch people; / they'd hidden Jews in their houses during the War. / Once, while I was playing with my tea set, / I heard my aunt Roz say the exact thing: / 'The Dutch hid Jews during the War'" ("Washing the Streets of Holland").

"That was the summer I had a job, baby-sitting / for a couple who'd had a baby late, at forty-two" ("Days of Awe").

"I loved to shop at the Five-and-Ten, / the Woolworth's on Bergenline, / a block away from my parents' store" ("The Five-and-Ten").

Poetry, for me, has to have that special extra thing, magic. The unusual or beautiful arrangement of words, the arresting image. That's what makes it different from prose --- and not just the fact that it's arranged into verses. And, while Jane Shore occasionally strikes that perfect note, there's not enough of that magic in this book, and too much of the type of sentence I have quoted above. So, for me at least, the collection was ultimately unsatisfying.

Two and a half stars.
Agantrius
Jane Shore’s collection Music Minus One is a wonderfully crafted collection of poetry that almost reads like an autobiography. The collection moves from Shore’s early life, through her adolescence, and into her adult life. Everything from learning to read to motherhood to the loss of her mother is recounted throughout this collection.
Shore’s poetic style is both meticulously crafted and poetically rich; however, they also embody a presentation both seamless and conversational. Passages such as (in the poem “Learning to Read” in which Shore is personally relating to one of the earliest “Dick and Jane” books) “Jane—my very name—was all we had in common. Jane’s mother knitted socks. Mine couldn't knit a stitch” (8) showcase her smooth flow between the fictional world of a child and the real world connections that she made through literature at an early age.
The poem “Music Minus One,” is an excellent story of her childhood with her father, an accomplished jazz musician who gave up music when he married and began a family: “…my family practiced flute in the family room… I sprawled on the floor with my homework…my father gave it all up when he married her. Abdicated, like the Duke of Windsor. Music was no life for a family man” (57).
The collection concludes with a poem titled “The Visible Woman,” an elegy for her mother. “A year before she died, my mother began cutting herself out of the picture” (102). From this opening line to the concluding line, “On the phone the last words she said to me, ‘Have a nice life’” (107), this poem recounts a roller-coaster of emotion as Shore involves the reader in her journey to healing.
All in all, Music Minus One is an amazing collection that follows the life of Jane Shore and truly encompasses a life.
Agantrius
Jane Shore’s collection Music Minus One is a wonderfully crafted collection of poetry that almost reads like an autobiography. The collection moves from Shore’s early life, through her adolescence, and into her adult life. Everything from learning to read to motherhood to the loss of her mother is recounted throughout this collection.
Shore’s poetic style is both meticulously crafted and poetically rich; however, they also embody a presentation both seamless and conversational. Passages such as (in the poem “Learning to Read” in which Shore is personally relating to one of the earliest “Dick and Jane” books) “Jane—my very name—was all we had in common. Jane’s mother knitted socks. Mine couldn't knit a stitch” (8) showcase her smooth flow between the fictional world of a child and the real world connections that she made through literature at an early age.
The poem “Music Minus One,” is an excellent story of her childhood with her father, an accomplished jazz musician who gave up music when he married and began a family: “…my family practiced flute in the family room… I sprawled on the floor with my homework…my father gave it all up when he married her. Abdicated, like the Duke of Windsor. Music was no life for a family man” (57).
The collection concludes with a poem titled “The Visible Woman,” an elegy for her mother. “A year before she died, my mother began cutting herself out of the picture” (102). From this opening line to the concluding line, “On the phone the last words she said to me, ‘Have a nice life’” (107), this poem recounts a roller-coaster of emotion as Shore involves the reader in her journey to healing.
All in all, Music Minus One is an amazing collection that follows the life of Jane Shore and truly encompasses a life.
Stoneshaper
I had the pleasure of having dinner with Jane at the home of one my favorite professors. She had already published "Music Minus One" and she was in the process of writing "Happy Family." Not only are the poems in this collection beautiful, but the language she employs is a tribute to her artistry. She creates glorious imagery through sounds and reduces the pain of adolescence to a poignant and memborable symbol. Although I'm sure Jane has long forgotten the twelve students who huddled around her on a cold December night, none of us have forgotten her down-to-earth advice for new authors or her unforgettable presentation of her poetry.
Stoneshaper
I had the pleasure of having dinner with Jane at the home of one my favorite professors. She had already published "Music Minus One" and she was in the process of writing "Happy Family." Not only are the poems in this collection beautiful, but the language she employs is a tribute to her artistry. She creates glorious imagery through sounds and reduces the pain of adolescence to a poignant and memborable symbol. Although I'm sure Jane has long forgotten the twelve students who huddled around her on a cold December night, none of us have forgotten her down-to-earth advice for new authors or her unforgettable presentation of her poetry.
Bolv
I had the opportunity to meet Jane Shore when she was a guest speaker in my English 101 class in 1996 at the University of San Francisco. She began by asking if anyone was from New Jersey - and I immediately knew I liked her. She was engaging and kind, and when she began reading from her book, Music Minus One, I wanted to take it from her hands and read it in one sitting. I purchased two of her books - one for me and one for my mother. What I didn't expect was that my mom read the poems, and then annotated each one with her own memories of growing up in New Jersey. She did the same with Happy Family, and I am thrilled at the prospect of adding another to my collection - which has become my most prized possession. Jane Shore takes you there - even if you never been, and for me, introduced a world inhabited by my mother - one I may have otherwise not shared with her.
Bolv
I had the opportunity to meet Jane Shore when she was a guest speaker in my English 101 class in 1996 at the University of San Francisco. She began by asking if anyone was from New Jersey - and I immediately knew I liked her. She was engaging and kind, and when she began reading from her book, Music Minus One, I wanted to take it from her hands and read it in one sitting. I purchased two of her books - one for me and one for my mother. What I didn't expect was that my mom read the poems, and then annotated each one with her own memories of growing up in New Jersey. She did the same with Happy Family, and I am thrilled at the prospect of adding another to my collection - which has become my most prized possession. Jane Shore takes you there - even if you never been, and for me, introduced a world inhabited by my mother - one I may have otherwise not shared with her.
Nidor
I grew up down the street from Jane Shore and went to school with her, however, after reading her poems I realize that I never really knew her. "Music Minus One" opened up a flood of nostalgic memories for me of Jane, her parents, Bergenline Ave., the plane that crashed into the apartment house a block from where I grew up, and being Jewish in the 1950's. I knew Jane was talented but I didn't appreciate just how talented. I felt as if I was being reacquainted with an old friend who was now sharing her deepest thoughts with me. I haven't seen Jane in over 30 years but I feel like I just spent an afternoon with her. Her talent has reunited me with my past.
Nidor
I grew up down the street from Jane Shore and went to school with her, however, after reading her poems I realize that I never really knew her. "Music Minus One" opened up a flood of nostalgic memories for me of Jane, her parents, Bergenline Ave., the plane that crashed into the apartment house a block from where I grew up, and being Jewish in the 1950's. I knew Jane was talented but I didn't appreciate just how talented. I felt as if I was being reacquainted with an old friend who was now sharing her deepest thoughts with me. I haven't seen Jane in over 30 years but I feel like I just spent an afternoon with her. Her talent has reunited me with my past.