Jeffrey Franklin: Poet
Praise for Where We Lay Down
"Where We Lay Down is a significant achievement. These are multi-layered, thick, substantial poems that confront tough subjects: transformation, inheritance, deterioration, and our debt to the animal. As the Buddha said, “Decay is inherent in all compounded things,” and, as these poems show, all things are compounded. Written in a startling array of forms, from blank verse to free verse, sestina to pantoum, they are full of knowledge, and they always adapt the form to the language, rather than the other way around, changing the reader’s notion of poetic form in the process."
– James Najarian, author of The Goat Songs
Spirit Matters Praise
The Lotus and the Lion Praise
"Franklin’s writing is sharp and accessible as he curates a nuanced, transnational debate that resists simplistic answers or definitions with respect to how heterodox and orthodox religions interacted throughout the nineteenth century. . . .The text will be of interest to those looking to tackle Victorian spirituality studies for the first time or for those looking to better globalize their research into nineteenth-century religious discourses."
– Lin Young, review in The Wilkie Collins Journal
"J. Jeffrey Franklin has written a thoroughly researched and fascinating account of the influence of Buddhism mainly on British culture, roughly from 1820 into the early 1900s. . . .Franklin’s treatment of Buddhism especially in Victorian and modernist British literature is both thorough and illuminating. Among humanities scholars, Franklin has definitely acquired merit."
– Patrick Brantlinger, author of States of Emergency: Essays on Culture and Politics, review in Cahiers victoriens et édouardianes
Jeffrey Franklin grew up in Chattanooga, TN, though for over 20 years he’s called Colorado home. Franklin’s collections of poetry are Where We Lay Down (Kelsay Books, August 2021) and For the Lost Boys (Ghost Road Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Hudson Review, Measure, New England Review, Rattle, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review. A manuscript of his received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry. Since 2000 he has served as the poetry editor for the North Carolina Literary Review, selecting the finalists for the annual James Applewhite Poetry Prize. He received his MFA and Ph.D. from the University of Florida and works as a professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver, now teaching mostly the history of the English novel and critical theory. His recent scholarly books are The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire (2008) and Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religious, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain (2018), both from Cornell University Press. He lives in Denver with his lifetime partner, Judy Lucas.