All the Daylight Hours, Amanda Jernigan's second poetry collection, took shape over the course of twelve years, through many changes of setting and amid a changing cast of characters encountered both face to face and in the pages of books long lived-with and loved. The poems themselves ring changes on nature and artifice, love and loss, the power of language and the limitations of language, returning to these themes in a wide variety of registers. No less moving for being meticulously crafted, these elegies, epithalamiums, dramatic monologues, and meditations trace a human journey in which the mythological, the philosophical, the literary, and the personal interweave and converse.
About the author
Luke Hathaway has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. All the Daylight Hours is one of three books of poetry he published under his former name, Amanda Jernigan. His third book, Years, Months, and Days, was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. Luke teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in K'jipuktuk/Halifax. He sometimes writes words for music and for the stage.
“There’s a quiet subtlety to Amanda Jernigan’s poetry. It breathes in deep and exhales with a gentle sigh … Jernigan is deeply rooted in nature; her place in the poetical landscape is among the pines and roots of civilization.”
New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
“Perhaps this book could be read as a “choose your own adventure,” instead of reading it from start to finish. It would give the reader a better perspective of the variety Jernigan is capable of … All the Daylight Hours is nothing short of a quest for the reader, with a satisfying return, leaving us different than before.”
“I fell hard for this book … just the impact of that final line alone [from the poem ‘Prescribed Burn’] gives you a sense of how much Jernigan is able to suggest with language — visually, metrically, aurally, etymologically, and metaphorically … supremely intelligent, and full of love that doesn’t breach decorum.”
Ange Mlinko, author of <i>Marvelous Things Overheard</i>