"Tanzt, tanzt sonst sind
otherwise we are lost."
In her most recent works, including the new book-length poem Erebus, Jane Summer uses disaster as a point of departure. Probing the subject with the use of various motifs, images and personas, Ms. Summer's interest lies in the tension between past and present, what's remembered and what's forgotten, what's living and what has died, and the very nature of those differences oppositionally and comparatively.
The latest vehicle for an examination of these perplexities is Ms. Summer's true story of crushing disappointment, the mysterious loss of Air New Zealand Flight 901 over Antarctica in 1979. Structured almost choreographically--with dynamic use of white space, vital musicality and attention to visuals--Ms. Summer creates what poet Michael Klein refers to as "a new way to tell time."
One can read Erebus as mystery, adventure, prayer, history, investigative report, indictment, love letter. As record of honor or elegy. As Post-it note to our collective past. As confession, as absolution. Erebus can be read as all of these, or simply as poetry--without which all would be lost.
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Erebus selected for ALA's
2016 Over the Rainbow Project