Newest Book

DarkendRoomsofSummerMy sixth book, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, from the University of Nebraska Press, was officially published on 1 March 2014.

It is the first in a series of contemporary poetry books selected and edited for the Press by Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry and former Poet Laureate of the United States.

Mr. Kooser has provided an introduction describing the origin of the series and the scope of the books he and the Press plan to publish in the future.

The book consists of 83 poems taken from my previous five books and 30 new poems.  There are 218 pages.  The front cover features a painting by the nineteenth-century Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi, and the author’s photo on the back cover is by Richard Pflum.

The volume is available from your neighborhood bookstore, from and Barnes & Noble online, and from the book’s publishers, the University of Nebraska Press, who have put up a handsome web page containing the following descriptive paragraphs:

“For nearly half a century, Jared Carter has been quietly mapping the American heartland. Line by line, his poetry has shown us the landscape, sounded the voices, conjured the music, and tested the silence of the ever-changing and yet ever-constant Midwest that figures so prominently in the American story. And yet what we find in Carter’s poetry is endlessly new.

 “Here, in poems selected from his first five books, is the summer-long buzz of the cicada and the crack of the cue ball, the young rebel on his big Harley, and the YMCA secretary who backstrokes her way across the indoor pool. Here, too, are thirty new poems in fixed form that illustrate Carter’s continued quest for a poetry of “universal interest.” Taken together, these selections are, truly, poetry in the American grain.”

We’re planning a book launch in Indianapolis in April, and book signing sessions at several independent bookstores in central Indiana.  This blog will provide definite information about these events as soon as the details are available.

Meanwhile, please note that the Press’s web page provides a link to a PDF where you can read sample poems from the book, along with Ted Kooser’s thoughtful introduction. Don’t miss it!  But then don’t miss acquiring a copy of the book, either!

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