Jared Carter Poetry
“Tell me a story.” In poetry, fulfilling this request can be as important as rhyme, rhythm, or imagery. The poems gathered here are part of a timeless narrative tradition. Voices speak, from out of America’s past. We begin to remember, and to know who we are.
In a sequence of villanelles, the rhymes and recurring lines may be likened to the corridors of a labyrinth, a trail through a snowy woods, or a road that beckons to the pilgrim. Those who continue along these paths will gradually find themselves—in poetic terms and perhaps in other ways as well—caught up, engaged in a different kind of journey.
A visit to a world of small towns and family farms located somewhere in the American heartland. What begins with the immediacy of the lightning-rod, the team of horses plowing the field, the corner drugstore, gradually opens to a panorama of the entire continent.
The poems in this book are strong, clear, and accessible. They bring to life a portion of the American Midwest identified as Mississinewa County. According to the poet, it is located "east of Spoon River, west of Winesburg, and slightly north of Raintree County."