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3 août 1999

One of the most respected artists in popular music today, Jewel is much more than a music industry success with her debut album selling more than 10 million copies.

Before her gifted songwriting comes an even more individual art: Poetry.

Now available in paperback, A Night without Armor highlights the poetry of Jewel taken from her journals which are both intimate and inspiring, to be embraced and enjoyed.

Writing poems and keeping journals since childhood, Jewel has been searching for truth and meaning, turning to her words to record, to discover, and to reflect.

In A Night Without Armor, her first collection of poetry, Jewel explores the fire of first love, the lessons of betrayal, and the healing of intimacy. She delves into matters of the home, the comfort of family, the beauty of Alaska, and the dislocation of divorce.

Frank and honest, serious and suddenly playful, A Night Without Armor is a talented artist's intimate portrait of what makes us uniquely human.

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Biographie de l'auteur

A bestselling writer of poetry and prose, Jewel is also an actress and performer. She has recorded four bestselling albums and also starred in Ang Lee's film Ride with the Devil. Her first book, A Night Without Armor, was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in California.

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  • Broché: 160 pages
  • Editeur : It Books; Édition : Reprint (3 août 1999)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0061073628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061073625
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,5 x 14,4 x 1,2 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great!! 28 août 2012
Par Hoedic
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great item, it vvas extremely cheap. the shipping vvas pretty fast to France. I am very happy! I highly recommand the seller and the items for all the ones vvho adore ou just appreciate Jevvel. she is a very talented singer and she is very talented in vvritting poems.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm a certified poetry elitist, but I liked this. 7 janvier 2001
Par Anthony Boyd - Publié sur Amazon.com
I am a poet, with work published in places like Amelia and Impetus. And for 6 years, I published a poetry magazine called Whisper. I read tens of thousands of poems, from many of the same people who are here, reviewing Jewel's work harshly. I spend my time talking about Lifshin or Lewis or Cummings with other poets, go to coffee shops for poetry reading now and then, and even hosted a few poetry slams. I tell you that for two reasons: first, to help you decide if I speak with any authority; and second, because I am going to commit a mutiny.
I will not join the chorus of poets in protest here. Saying "this isn't poetry!" over and over again won't make it true. Getting all bent out of shape over how Jewel is making poetry available to (gasp) the masses is ridiculous. I feel like I'm watching the punk scene happen all over again -- every time someone had a success, the fans screamed "sell out!" My, how we love to topple those on top.
My loyalty is not to the poets, but to poetry. My loyalty is not to some exclusionary club of latte-sucking introverts, full of pretense, but to language itself. And that is why I must break ranks and say this book is just what the world of poetry needed. Poetry may be "language molded into magnificent text" and many other things, such as meter and rhyme -- but the single most important trait of poetry is that it is relevant. It affects you in a way that is deep and impactful. And Jewel's poetry does exactly that, with so many memorable poems and vivid images filling my head that I eager to read her book again.
When reviewers complain that Jewel ought to read some poets before she publishes her own work, they betray their own failure to read her work. For in her book, she DOES talk about her love of poets and mentions them by name. Bukowski comes to mind. In fact, her work resembles Bukowski's. And I realize half the poetry community would gasp to hear me make that comparison, but so what? Both poets write in plain English, without even so much as an attempt to embellish or prop it up with words so full of pompous exaggeration. They both write about everyday events in an almost prosaic way.
Does this mean that Jewel's work is a pinnacle of success? No, she lacks the experience of a man like Bukowski, or Cummings, or dozens of others. But she has the talent. In fact, after reading more poems by more poets than nearly any poetry lover could stand, I feel it is reasonable to say that Jewel outshines 90% of the poetry out there. It may take another 2 or 3 books before Jewel has honed her craft, and if she's any good, she'll spend the rest of her life reinventing her words. But what you have here is the poetry of a young woman on the verge of a breakthrough -- the words are raw, but often brilliant.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Almost anybody could've written these. 29 janvier 2005
Par D. Mok - Publié sur Amazon.com
Walt Whitman, what have you wrought upon us?

The advent of free verse was like literary punk music: While a potentially liberating influence which could serve to wrest artistic expression from the elite, it also leveled the playing field to such an extent that almost anybody putting words into a "poetic" arrangement could now call his/her work "poetry".

I liked Jewel's early music a lot; I'd bought her record Pieces of You a whole year before "You Were Meant for Me" became a hit, before that song made a little neo-folk album (which had many tracks recorded live, acoustically) into a sales juggernaut. But even when I was listening to her songs, I never considered Jewel to be much of a lyricist. Her chief strengths were really melody, a simple guitar style, and her voice. Jewel's lyrics were almost always direct expressions of what she believes -- no hidden meanings, no craft, and almost never any surprising thoughts (after all, she was 20).

On her poetry, the problem burns right through. Stripped of the melodies at which she excelled, her writing is awfully sappy, worthy of high-school student scribbles. And it reads without much verbal (ie. poetic) flow. Have the layout artist put the verses and stanzas back together, and it sounds like undoctored prose. What use is the term "poetry" if it's just prose broken up? Sometimes Jewel does come up with interesting imagery, but if her artistic expression is all image and no verbal artistry, then she should be doing photography or film work, not poetry.

Young readers with little experience reading poetry may respond to the artlessness of it and embrace the direct sentiments of this writing. But to them I would suggest: Write your own poetry, get your friends to do the same, and read one another's works. Chances are it'll be just as good as what's collected and published here. Even Jewel herself admitted that the publication of these poems was due to her fame as a musician, not her skill as a poet, and frankly, I don't think her writing comes close to being able to stand alone without her guitar and songwriting.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not since William Shatner entered the recording studio... 29 novembre 2001
Par Eric Krupin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Fairness demands that we judge this work on its own merits. So put out of your mind the platinum certifications for "Pieces of You". Even go so far as to remove the dust jacket with its enormous, glamourously lit photograph of the poet. (Now if Emily Dickinson had had the sense to do something like that, she might have had more readers.) Open to a random page and see for yourself what verbal deftness, what metric skill, what artistic insight the author commands:
"A father and son bond / by ogling my breasts"
Hmm. Maybe you better hang on to that dust jacket...
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Astonishingly Awful 1 juin 2000
Par "hannah1350n" - Publié sur Amazon.com
I think it should be required that celeb-poets read a FEW renowned works of poetry before striking out on their own. While this book proves that all it takes to make a bestseller is a little cash-in-hand...it's certainly a woeful addition to the world of poetry.
Of course, to compare Jewel-the-poet to any other modern poet being published in the same forum would be outright cruel. So we must do our best to acknowledge this book's merits.
Certainly, its adolescent simplicity is drawing and the plain-language narrative probably finds a home in the hearts of an audience for whom loftier poetry is simply no fun at all. It is gawky poetry, and in that sense, is endearing. She tries, and we smile and acknowlege that much.
But poetry is about language molded, images laid out in magnificent text, and this series nowhere approaches that destination. Were this another chapbook put out by a mysterious press, or a poem on that last page of our favorite literary journal, we'd be more tolerant. As it is, having a hardcover book adorned with the author's winsome face thrust onto our beloved bookstore shelves will make us more critical...and indeed we should be. If there was every any doubt, this book proves that all the money in the world can't buy you the poet's gift.
It's hard enough for good poets to be published without pop-music celebrities stalking the coveted publishers and so I can hope Jewel feels a twinge of guilt each time she sees her book's spine resting none-too-comfortably next to the likes of Dylan Thomas, Audre Lorde, or Emily Dickinson.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Simple, but enjoyable 26 avril 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
I truly enjoyed Jewel's book. Granted, some of her poetry is simple, but poetry does not have to be complex and contain hidden meanings to be good. Jewel is an honest writer who bares her soul and her feelings. Like others who have bashed her book, I too, have read a great deal of poetry. I have read Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and I am taking an entire course on Shakespeare alone. All of these writers are amazingly talented, but at the same time so is Jewel. She may not be on the same level as the "greats" but she has been able to inspire many people, not all of whom are a bunch of "teeny-boppers". I think that her poetry is beautiful, straightforward, and honest. I also believe that many people have used this review to bash Jewel because they just don't like her, not because of her poetry. Poetry is a connection between thoughts, the soul, pen, and paper...who are we to judge???
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