Join acclaimed poet Marcus Jackson for a reading from his recent collection, Pardon My Heart, a lyrical exploration of love in the contemporary African American ethos. In this beautifully written collection, the speakers and subjects—the adult descendants of the Great Migration—reckon with past experiences and revelatory, hard-earned ideas about race and class. With a compelling blend of narrative, musicality, and imagery, Jackson’s poems span a multitude of scenes, landscapes, and sensations. Pardon My Heart examines intimacy, memory, grief, and festivity while seeking out new, reflective sectors within emotion and culture. By means of concise portraiture and sonic vibrancy, Jackson’s poems ultimately express the urgency and pliability of the human soul. Says The New York Times Book Review about Pardon My Heart: "Plain-spoken but never plain, Jackson’s collection confirms the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American poetry, one whose writing, on page after page, has the fullness and glow of a jubilee."
Marcus Jackson was born in Toledo, Ohio. He earned a B.A. from the University of Toledo and continued his poetry studies at NYU and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, and Tin House. He lives with his family in Columbus, where he teaches in the M.F.A. program at The Ohio State University.
OSU's Creative Writing Program is Gramercy's Community Partner for Poetry Night with Marcus Jackson.