Individual Author Record
Name: Rodney JonesPen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama Sites:
Illinois ConnectionJones is a distinguished scholar and professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has taught there since 1985.
Biographical and Professional InformationRodney 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.
- Going Ahead, Looking Back, Southbound Books, 1977
- The Story They Told Us of Light, University of Alabama Press, 1980
- The Unborn, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985
- Transparent Gestures, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
- Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems, Houghton Mifflin, 1993
- Things That Happen Once, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
- Elegy for the Southern Drawl, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
- Kingdom of the Instant, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
- Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems 1985 - 2005, Houghton Mifflin, 2006
- Imaginary Logic, Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
Titles At Your Library
The unborn: Poems
ISBN: 0871130041 Atlantic Monthly Press. 1985 Book by Jones, Rodney
ISBN: 0395510627 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1989
On receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1990 for his third book, Transparent Gestures, Rodney Jones was hailed as "a brand-new world-class poet." This collection of poems, rich in irony, sensuousness, and pleasure, reveals his robust, humorous, earthy, and cerebral view of reality and his exploration of all regions and sensibilities of American life.
Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems
ISBN: 0395710871 Mariner Books. 1994
Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems offers a poignant look at the American landscape: factories, restaurants, farms, empty fallout shelters, glorified malls, and transfigured filling stations scattered across the land. This collection oscillates from the personal to the political, from the religious to the secular, never losing sight of the possibility of joy.
Elegy for the Southern Drawl
ISBN: 0618082492 Mariner Books. 2001
Exulting in the speech of his native Alabama, Rodney Jones's new poems combine satire and ode, formal lament and ribald joke. James Dickey praised this poet's early work as "one of our most poignant and inescapable renditions of the agony at the historical razor's edge." Now, in his sixth book, Jones extends his emotional and stylistic range. He writes of football and feminism, of DDT and family, of crows and sex, of ink and raccoons and perpetual-motion machines. In many of these poems the southern drawl lives forever, riding on the tide of regional language, poking fun yet delighting in it.
Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award)
ISBN: 0618624309 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2006
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.
Thousand Small Things
ISBN: B002JIH8H4 18th & Vine. 2009
A Thousand Small Things showcases Rodney Jones' harmonically innovative and masterful guitar style on 11 tracks that journey through jazz, quiet storm, soul, groove, and blues.
* Rodney Jones is an incredibly versatile guitarist whose playing appeals to fans of George Benson, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Larry Carlton, and Herb Eillis.
"There are more than a few sophisticated jazz guitarists on the scene today. Only a handful of them, however, truly have the gift of groove. To put it another way, it is a special guitarist who can please bandleaders as varied as bebop godfather Dizzy Gillespie and funk kingpin Maceo Parker." -- Guitar Player