Internationally award-winning poet Jenny Minniti- Shippey’s first full-length collection, After the Tour, charts a journey through the contemporary American landscape, with helicopters, wild horses, strip clubs, and river otters—a landscape reshaped by conflict and confusion, a journey haunted by the looming shadow of an endless war.
A finalist for the San Diego Book Awards, and described by Ilya Kaminsky as “an astonishing collection that gives us both the clear view of terrifying world we have made and the beautiful, lyrical song of love that guides us out of this misfortune,” After the Tour is a must-have for any reader!
“After the Tour is an astonishing collection that gives us both the clear view of terrifying world we have made and the beautiful, lyrical song of love that guides us out of this misfortune. Combining the spell of the story and the memorable, image-laden, musical, lyric voice, this book gives us an America that is both private and public, gives us the poet who is whispering and singing at the top of her lungs, gives us tenderness and fury, politics and intimacy, rhapsody and elegy, all in one collection which in the end becomes one long poem about the life we have made, about the song we can hope to make of it, about the hurt that here becomes that very song. Bravo.”
–Ilya Kaminsky, author of The Deaf Republic
“After the Tour, takes the reader on a journey through grief and its reckoning. It asks how to step back into the pool of life with its attendant loss and bereavement, and how not to with its patchwork of joy? The poet tethers these delicate weights to the yoke she balances throughout After the Tour. There is also humor and the lushness of lust. In the search for an adoptable dog there is the acknowledgment that love is “a leash. ” This collection reminds us that opening oneself up to relationships can also be an opening for searing pain, but perhaps most importantly, to the giving and receiving of love which in the end is fucking worth it all.”
–Maria Garcia Teutsch, author of Pussy: poems about things you think are pornographic
of steel-toed boots and fixed-gear bicycles,
O country of subwoofers and subterranean shelters,
of men on green fields in armor, of men on sand
in skin, of skin on skin, and nail polish named
better than our children—
let me spell out
short, declarative sentences: the marigolds
still bloom in the planter boxes. Mourning doves
bead phone lines like dew. Mourning girls
braid yellow ribbons into their black hair.
I am trivializing music with grief.
Let me make this accessible:
my brother died in the tar sands. My brother
died in a coal pit in West Virginia. My
brother died in Afghanistan.
Small caliber breath breaches
beneath bullets, beneath—I
don’t have a brother, but I have yellow ribbons
for every lost man. O ripe avocados.
O beards on the chins of beautiful men.
About the Author:
Jennifer Minniti- Shippey is the Managing Editor of Poetry International literary journal, Director of Poetic Youth, and a professor at San Diego State University.She earned her B.A. with honors in English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2003, and her M.F.A in Creative Writing- Poetry from San Diego State University in 2008.
In 2009, she was hired as the Managing Editor of Poetry International, and she has taught at SDSU in the Department of English & Comparative Literature since that time.
Jennifer has also taught poetry at the University of San Diego and in community writing workshops through the Creative Cusp, the Magee Park Poets, and other San Diego arts organizations.Jennifer’s chapbook, Done Dating DJs, won the 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre and Southword Editions of Cork, Ireland.
Her second chapbook, Earth’s Horses & Boys, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. After the Tour, her first full-length collection, was published by Calypso Editions in 2018. Her chapbook manuscript “Waiting for a Ripe Mango” was a finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook contest. Individual poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in Salamander, Cider Press Review, Spillway, Tar River Poetry, Jackson Hole Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and many others.Minniti- Shippey has performed her work at national and international venues, including The Narrators San Diego, the San Diego Art Institute, the Éigse Literary Festival in Cork, and MART Dublin.