Jayne Stahl's cunning observations and whiz kid reflections make Riding with Destiny a most welcome and keen companion.
Here is a poet who embraces a literary heritage from Rimbaud to Ginsberg, from Yeats to Bob Dylan, and makes a street-wise, sexy music all her own.
Riding With Destiny shows us that poetry can be both gritty and luminous, spare and yet full of resonant meanings, street-smart and book-smart in the same stunning moment. From Googie's coffee shop on the Sunset Strip to the Cross-Bronx Expressway, Jayne Lyn Stahl captures more than one vision of American life in her prismatic collection verse. As the poet herself puts it: "jayne has got/her own parfum," and it's the scent of love and longing, fear and fury.
What a mitzvah, poet-activist Jayne Lyn Stahl's debut collection, the knock-out power of poems like "Walt Whitman's Fly," & "Managing Gravity." A richly generous, wide-ranging collection of small & large works, powerful & sly & of deep knowing & articulation.
Jayne Stahl is like a river bending at the Dell dementia in our head. She writes with the umavoidable double negative, no triple positive. I love her work. Her poetry lacks piety, and that is its flexibile starkness.