Josephine Jacobsen Other literary forms

Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although most noted for her poetry, Josephine Jacobsen also wrote short stories. Her collections include A Walk with Raschid, and Other Stories (1978), Adios, Mr. Moxley: Thirteen Stories (1986), and On the Island: New and Selected Stories (1989). What Goes Without Saying: Collected Stories of Josephine Jacobsen was published by The Johns Hopkins University in 1996. Jacobsen also produced works of dramatic criticism: The Testament of Samuel Beckett (1964; with William R. Mueller) and Ionesco and Genet: Playwrights of Silence (1968; also with Mueller). Her lecture before the Library of Congress on May 7, 1973, was printed up as The Instant of Knowing. This title later served for a compilation of her prose pieces, The Instant of Knowing: Lectures, Criticism, and Occasional Prose (1997), edited by Elizabeth Spires and published by the University of Michigan Press.

Jacobsen’s poetry has been recorded by the Library of Congress. Her work has also been adapted to music and performed at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her lecture From Anne to Marianne: Some American Women Poets was published in 1972 with a piece by William Stafford. Interviews with her appeared in periodicals such as Thalia and New Letters, and in the book Our Other Voices: Nine Poets Speaking (1991).