Erebus is a documentary-style poetry collection from author Jane Summer. It is part memoir and part journalistic expose’. Michael Klein says Erebus is “anxious and wild and completely unexpected.” It’s our most ambitious title to date, and it’s now available.
by Jane Summer
$24.95 / Poetry/Documentary
ISBN: 9781937420901 / Release Date 12 March 2015
In 1979, an Air New Zealand Antarctic sightseeing flight crashed into Mount Erebus, killing all aboard, including a friend of author Jane Summer. Years later, through fate or coincidence, Summer finds herself poised to promote that same airline through a travel article she’s writing for a magazine. The experience jars both her dreams and memories, resulting in a documentary-style poetic exposé on a government’s drive to hide what really happened, the 257 lives lost, and a woman who changed Summer forever. This is a new kind of poetry. This is Erebus.
“I don’t even know what to call Jane Summer’s astounding Erebus—it’s that gorgeous, that transcendent, except to say that with this love-letter/elegy/anti-elegy about a real friend in a world of counterfeits, she has invented a kind of poetry that is anxious and wild and completely unexpected. The book is hybrid in structure—with citations and photos and its scrap from a musical score—but it also represents the hybrid nature of our collective psyche: how we remember; why we forget, and, most tenderly, how we can live in the past not as ghosts in regret but as preservationists—of which Summer is one—who can fully inhabit the present and the past at the same time. I was in constant awe at Erebus’s sheer originality. I felt like I was reading a book about a new way to tell time.”
Michael Klein, author of When I Was a Twin
Jane Summer’s Erebus asks, “…what does death do but make of someone three-dimensional two?” and proceeds in elegy for a friend who died in a plane crash. This book is about a friend and loss, and it is also about poetry itself: perhaps one of the only tools available to map grief when corporate and government cover-up, an inquest record number, missing archival evidence, and silence are the public coordinates offered. “Accident,” as Summer explores, is most often accompanied by suspicion and sensationalism. Yet instead of resignation and refusal, a sharp lyric organizes the grief response here—a lyric fused with document and photographs adding up to traces, marks. Named for Antarctica’s volcano mountain, Erebus is a book/site of inhabited flatness, a surface that makes space for the imminence of language as an event of its own, rising up from impossibility. In this way Jane Summer’s book honors her friend Kay without sentimental falsity. This is not easy and never should be—it is poetry.
Jill Magi, author of LABOR
The award-winning writer Jane Summer cherishes Ruth Reichl’s autographed 1998 memoir, the prize for a New York Times food-writing contest. Ms. Summer’s novel The Silk Road (2000) was recently recorded by Audible.com and A.M. Homes selected her story “Peaceful Village” for inclusion in the 2013 Masters Review.
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