Stomp and Sing

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ISBN 978-1-931896-15-3
Publication Date
April 2005
Page Count
70 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Stomp and Sing

Jon Andersen

Jon Andersen's debut book of poems, Stomp and Sing, illuminates the concerns and aspirations of the new working-class generation. Andersen's image-studded lyrics about work, love, family and class struggle create a vivid narrative that traces the concerns and aspirations of young people facing the challenges of daily life in a turbulent century. These are clear, direct poems that take us from mountaintops to local cafes, from lumberyards to town sidewalks, and range in theme from the impact of racism to the consolation of nature. Song and Sing enriches us with image-studded lyrics of work, love, family, and class struggle.
About the Author

Jon Andersen is the author of Augur (2018), the recipient of the 2017 David Martinson-Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. His other books include The Burden Note (2014), an English/Serbo-Croation chapbook; and Stomp and Sing (2005).  He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (2008). His poems have appeared in print and online publications, including Blue Collar Review, The Cafe Review, Chiron Review, Connecticut Review, Counterpunch, Exposition Review, Freshwater, HeART, Here, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and The Worcester Review, among others. Since 2008, he has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College, and lives with his wife and sons in Storrs, Connecticut.


"Jon Andersen's poems sing of a life lived, devoured, explored, and awake. Who writes like this anymore?"

—Luis J. Rodríguez, author of Always Running

"...his poems focus on the predicaments of the young working class, echoing with humble but persistent optimism."

Library Journal

"Stomp and Sing is a deeply affirming book of poems at a time when the banalization of every action and the disappearance of our dignities threaten everyone by way of the forces of war and public lies. Jon Andersen recovers for us the deathless sense of earthly and familial relationships, development, work-magic, class-insistence and natural struggle. You will recognize profoundly what the Evil Empire has wanted you to renounce by way of forgetting, and for that we have Jon Andersen to thank."

—Jack Hirschman