Lisa Jarnot's first book Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck Press, 1996) made a big splash when it was hurled, like Olympic discus, into the gentle pond of contemporary poetry. Kerplunk! Basho frog! But clever scouts, reading her work in fugitive pieces, and hearing her read aloud, had already touted her as one of the finest young poets in America. She is the editor of the Poetry Project Newsletter, and a co-editor of An Anthology of New (American) Writing, forthcoming from Talisman House in early 1998. Her work has been published in Grand Street, Lingo, and the World. She's here in San Francisco doing some important work on the life and cosmos of our own Olympian, the late poet Robert Duncan.
January 10, 1998