Into Daylight

by Jeffrey Harrison

$16.95

“Jeffrey Harrison’s new book reveals his deep commitment to the necessity of remembering. Into Daylight becomes a record of intimacy forged and sustained over decades with family, a few friends, and abiding literary influences, as well as the constant presence of nature, to which he returns again and again for restoration, affirmation, and wisdom, sharing these discoveries with his reader who steps with him into the light.”
— Jacqueline Kolosov, The Georgia Review


Format: paperback

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Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Tom Sleigh

In his new book, Jeffrey Harrison reflects on the daily familiarities and fragilities experienced in a long marriage and as a parent of teenagers, refracted through the shock of a brother’s suicide. Limpid and direct on the surface but eloquent in resonance, Into Daylightasks what comes after: How to live, how to continue writing, and how to find one’s proper relationship with the world and restore some semblance of delight, while giving voice to sadness and pain.

Advance Praise:

“This book gets better each time I read it. Harrison is very skillful in a way that’s almost passed out of existence: only a handful of writers can do what he does in handling the line and understanding how syntax and line work together—employing the plain style with great virtuosity”—Tom Sleigh

“The book is called Into Daylight, and the title is wonderfully right. Jeffrey Harrison brings what he sees and experiences into the light of what they are: the look of a flower, or a rabbit that John Clare might also have seen, or the subtle blooming of a witch hazel branch, but also a death — the remembrance of a death, the death of a brother — and a childhood game of sliding down a banister telling its delight and foretelling of things to come. There’s darkness in the light of these singularly intelligent and moving poems, written in perfectly managed lines, in a measured verse that never loses its poise. The human being speaking these lines is one whose speech is wonderfully worth knowing, quietly and vividly observant and sympathetic in judgment of things seen in the daylight of their beauty and their vulnerability” —David Ferry, author of Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, winner of the National Book Award

“Naturalness is the quality I most admire in Jeffrey Harrison’s restrained and deeply affecting poetry. It’s a quality achieved through great art, the eliminating of everything superfluous, easy, or artificial. What remains is utterly convincing, flawlessly right.— Jonathan Galassi

Praise for Jeffrey Harrison’s earlier work:

“It’s thrilling to read an entire book of poems written with such pleasure and gusto… about a range of ordinary things — salt, rowing a boat, discarded books, a stinking pond — and he gets more out of his subjects than seems possible”— Philip Levine

“…seemingly effortless access to both desperate sorrow and a certain joyous and musical gusto—” — Virginia Quarterly Review


Reader’s Companion Available!

Tupelo Press is pleased to provide the Into Daylight Reader’s Companion in free, downloadable PDF format. (195K)

 

from Listening to Virginia

…as if each person were a hive, with its own
murmurs and stirrings, that we visit like bees,
haunting its dark compartments, but reaching
only so far, never to the very heart, the queen’s
chamber where the deepest secrets are stored
(and only there to truly know another person),
though the vibrations and the dance of the worker bees
tell us something, give us something we can take
with us as we fly back out into honeyed daylight.

Additional information

Weight .4 lbs
Dimensions 6 x .5 x 9 in

jeffrey harrisonJeffrey Harrison is author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, chosen by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987, and Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008. A volume of selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 in the United Kingdom. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in The New RepublicThe New YorkerThe NationThe Yale Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities, and at Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Dover, Massachusetts.

“Jeffrey Harrison’s new book reveals his deep commitment to the necessity of remembering. Into Daylight becomes a record of intimacy forged and sustained over decades with family, a few friends, and abiding literary influences, as well as the constant presence of nature, to which he returns again and again for restoration, affirmation, and wisdom, sharing these discoveries with his reader who steps with him into the light.”
Jacqueline KolosovThe Georgia Review


“One is in and out of the world of commerce between men. Out for a walk or a jaunt with a loyal animal… only to return to work or art. Into Daylight strives for a kind of observance… an observance of a genuine life (‘which if not dazzling is at least genuine’)”
Scott HightowerFogged Clarity


“More than anything, Harrison likes to write clearly and directly — or, rather, with apparent clarity and directness. He strips the lyric voice of flourish and ornament and allows it to simply speak, which is not the same thing as speaking simply. This is a book full of quiet triumphs.”
Eric McHenryColumbia Magazine

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