Wes Jamison

Wes Jamison is the author of and Melancholia (Essay Press, 2016), and is a noted author in Best American Essays. They earned an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They currently teach at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX.

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Wes Jamison

Publication Date: June 4, 2024

$16.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 9781636281162


Teach me to bury this.

Just as Odin’s ravens, named Huginn and Muninn (translated to Thought and Memory), would whisper everything he couldn’t see, so too do these and other mythical ravens—of Athena, the Biblical Eve and Noah, Coronis, and others—function in Jamison’s essay collection: they are tools to interpret and make meaning of their world, rent as it is between the rural and urban, the romantic and abusive, where language is both surfeit and dearth. This collection sees mythical ravens murmur alongside the actual bone and viscera of crows, starlings, and pigeons in disarming explorations of desire and destruction, the body and creation. Carrion is an ambitiously structured collection that honors the literary forebears at its center while lamenting our inability to communicate anything—love, need, hope—except in metaphors.


“Dark oracles always speak with serpent tongues, forked to hold multiple truths. I reveled in this book, cast among ruin and shadow but finding fierce life there. Beneath hard surfaces deep human passion flares. What myth tore asunder language tries to stitch back together, prose so phosphorescent it assumes the aspect of poetry.”

Kazim Ali, author of Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

“To dare to sink into darkness, to dare to stare straight into the sun, to dare to build a structure that will take one far from fear but also bliss—these are the ways in which Wes Jamison inscribes a body and soul into being. With deep philosophical plunges and transformative flights of linguistic consideration and fancy, Carrion soars right into the sun. In Jamison’s insightful prose, they take us so close to disaster that we hear the singe and feel the burn.”

Jenny Boully, author of Betwixt-And-Between