Reviewed by Bert Almon
Jack Hannan published poems in chapbooks in the 1970s and 1980s, but Some Frames is his first full collection. His work is subtle and elusive. He has been compared to John Ashbery and there is a resemblance if not an influence: the poems mimic the processes of thought or narrative but rarely deliver an idea or a story. One of the poems which does have extractable content imagines Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman on the sidewalks of New York. When Hannan praises Rothko�s �silent, enormous, and beautiful flat panels,� we are being invited to think of Hannan�s poems as a kind of Abstract Expressionism in word. Of Hannan, one can say he does it very well, whatever �it� might be.
Bert Almon teaches a poetry master class with Derek Walcott at the University of Alberta.
Montreal Review of Books. Fall 2011