Geoffrey Jacques Poet, Writer, Teacher
Portrait of Geoffrey Jacques

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Geoffrey Jacques is a poet, critic, and teacher who writes about literature, the visual arts, and culture. His research interests include modernist poetry and poetics, African American literature and culture, and the postmodern city.


Jacques' latest book of poems is Just For a Thrill (Wayne State University Press, 2005). His previous poetry collections include Hunger and Other Poems (1993) and Suspended Knowledge (1998). Jacques has also published poems in such journals and anthologies as Fence, Callaloo, Hambone, MiPoesias, Black Renaissance Noire, O-Blek, Long News in the Short Century, in the anthology Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry 2001 (Wayne State University Press, 2001), and elsewhere.


Jacques’s writings have appeared in many periodicals, including Art Forum International, The Black Scholar, Freedomways, Radical Teacher, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Black Issues Book Review, Cineaste, Cover Arts New York, New York Newsday, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

His most recent publications include essays in several art exhibition catalogues, most notably “The Utopia of Pure Color,” in Stanley Whitney (New York: Esso Gallery; Brescia, Italy: Galleria Lagorio Arte Contemporanea), Drippings, Pools, Curtains: Andreas Reiter Raabe (Vienna: Andreas Reiter Raabe, 2003), Life Forces and Installations: The Art of Lorenzo Pace (New York: Skylight Gallery, 2002), Quiet As It’s Kept (Vienna: Christine König Galerie, 2002), Galerie Huit: American Artists in Paris, 1950-52 (New York: Studio 18 Gallery, 2002). His essay, “Blindness, Abstraction, and ‘Double Consciousness’: the Critical Imaginary and the Sources of Modern Art,” appeared in 2004 in Something to Look Forward To: An Exhibition Featuring Abstract Art by 22 Distinguished Americans of African Descent. The catalogue for this touring exhibition was published by The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College.

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Detroit Tonight Live: Geoffrey Jacques

Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literacy History

Paul Laurence Dunbar, circa 1890
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