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Monday, July 03, 2006
New Poetry by Jon Andersen
Ms. Betsy Has a Bank of windows in her classroom. Take a look out there: across the street's a big building. That's a different kind of bank with lots of money, tons and tons of money! More money than you can think about. Windows let in, let out cold, heat. You could yell someone's secrets out a window. When it's still sloshy and cold out you could put plants by the window and watch them grow. Danny's crazy uncle jumped out a window. He didn't die, but he didn't fly. Now he walks funny. Windows let in, let out light. Windows are like eyes because they let us see. (Ms. Betsy's windows must be some sick people's eyes, they only open a little). Hey, windows are eyes: early in the morning or late at night we look right into them and see ourselves.
Jon Andersen's accalimed book of poems is Stomp and Sing: 74 pp. paperback, $12.95. Curbstone Press, 321 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT 06226. 860-423-5110, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.curbstone.org
Jon Andersen was born in 1970 in New London, Connecticut, only a few minutes ahead of his fraternal twin brother Phillip.
His mother and father worked nights and weekends to rebuild an old farmhouse in nearby East Lyme that had belonged to his mother's family for a number of generations, and they moved there in 1972. For many years his father, a Vietnam Veteran, was employed as a shipper and truck driver for a fruit and produce company, while his mother worked as a cook in a small elementary school.
His parents encouraged spirited political and philosophical conversations around the dinner table, and at an early age he began to think about both the honors and injustices of hard work in America.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English and a Concentration in Creative Writing. After working variously as a lumberyard employee, landscape laborer, mountain trail crew member, farmhand, and warehouse worker, he earned secondary English teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University and special education certification from Southern Connecticut State University.
Currently, he teaches at E. O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut and lives in Willimantic. His poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Cafe Review, Connecticut Review, The Progressive and Rattle. Stomp and Sing is his first full-length collection of poetry.