Songs of Unsung People

By J Frank Jamison

Songs of Unsung People


The inhabitants of Frank Jamison’s Songs of Unsung People are the people we meet every day on the streets and in the diners, some physically strong and some who get about with the help of walkers. From a preacher on a street corner to a woman on a ferry bound for Sausalito, some engaged in the everyday minutiae of life as store clerks and waitresses or, more outlandishly, a man showing off cats for a crowd gathered to watch a Key West sunset-all are caught by the poet at a telling moment in life, rendered in deft detail to become the people you and I know and have known.
J Frank Jamison

Tennessee Author

J Frank Jamison

Frank Jamison is the prize-winning author of two books of poetry: Songs of Unsung People and Marginal Notes.

His shorter works have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Appalachian HeritageNimrodFox CryPoemRed Wheel BarrowSanskritThe Tennessee English JournalSouth Carolina ReviewAtlanta ReviewIodineConfluenceBig Muddy, Illuminations, and others.

His poems have won the Robert Burns/Terry Semple Memorial Poetry Prize and the Libba Moore Gray Poetry Prize. He has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

His most recent short story, Catfish, an excerpt from his novel The Town Upstairs appeared in Arkana.   You can read it here.

A second short story, The Funeral, also an excerpt from the same novel appeared in The Penmen Review.  You can read it here.

Frank’s story, The Violin recently appeared in Literally Stories.

Other Books

Marginal Notes by Frank Jamison

Marginal Notes

It is in the ‘in between’ that life is understood. Margins and interstices are the filters and lenses through which we see. They shape our understanding. In the edge worlds between light and dark, night and day; beside sea, stream and river where worlds of air, land and water come together, we find metaphors of life. If we care and dare to look, we may even see ourselves.

Songs of Unsung People

Songs of Unsung People

There is in each of us a fragment of the unsung, the discounted as well as the exalted. Like the people in these poems, we inhabit a landscape that is real and ancient and magical and filled with stories.