Andy Jackson / Music Our Bodies Can't Hold
Andy Jackson's latest book, "Music Our Bodies Can't Hold", has been described by Heather Taylor Johnson as containing "beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – ... a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is". Each poem is a portrait of someone who also has (or reputed to have had) Marfan Syndrome - ranging from everyday people who Andy interviewed, to famous (and infamous) public figures - Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Edith Sitwell, Robert Johnson, Niccolo Paganini, Bradford Cox and more. The poems are poignant, ironic, affecting, intimate, humorous and memorable. Dan Disney writes, "Andy's angular ventriloquisms are canny, fearless inventions"