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TELEPHONE: two paws up!

photo by Laura GoldsteinMy friend (and Telephone blurber) Laura Goldstein sends this photo of her cat Moses enjoying Telephone!  His earnest expression clearly indicates that you should get your own copy and enjoy it too!  

(Human-authored reviews will be posted on my website's "Press" page.) 

Looking for Lew

 Note: This essay was written after re-reading the second printing of the original edition of Lew Welch's collected poems,Ring of Bone, published in 1979 by Grey Fox Press. A new expanded edition, with a preface by Gary Snyder, was published in 2012 by City Lights. 

How can I even start to discuss the widespread fascination with poets who die young and tragically, either by their own direct hand or by the workings of madness or addiction? What can possibly provide reassurance—to poets, to non-poets—in these biographies of loss?

TELEPHONE is officially released today!

 
POETRY10/1/13 Brooklyn Arts Press   

TELEPHONE

poems by Jen Besemer

$14.95 print / $9.99 ebook
108 pages / Pub date: October 1, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-936767-23-6
Brooklyn Arts Press is pleased to announce the publication of Telephone, the debut poetry collection of Jen Besemer.Telephone is availible in print, pdf, & ebook editions fromBrooklynArtsPress.com.Print editions are also available from Small Press Distribution, Amazon, & for order through your local bookstore.

AnySquared Projects now seeking writers & filmmakers for Cinema Minima

Cinema Minima Residency Features Two Audience Participation Events Where Writers and Filmmakers present their interpretations of the Theme "The Decisive Moment."
The Decisive Moment: "The decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression" — Henri Cartier-BressonAnySquared is currently recruiting writers and filmmakers to develop short independent films for

be one of the first 50 to pre-order my book TELEPHONE and get a treat!

 I'm excited to announce that the release date for my first full-length poetry collection, TELEPHONE, is just over two weeks away!  Brooklyn Arts Press is still taking pre-orders on their website--a super-huge thanks to those who've already placed orders!  

My editor Joe Pan and I are offering a special treat to the first 50 people who pre-order through the Brooklyn Arts Press website: a signed and numbered mini-block-print hand-carved and printed by ME!  If you've already pre-ordered through BAP, you're on the list to get one.

TELEPHONE is a SPD Books Recommended Title!

Small Press Distribution (SPD Books) is one of the foremost organizations for getting small press publications out to stores, schools and individual readers.  To be included on their list of recommended new titles is a really big deal!  Here is the list; Telephone is in good company!  Thanks, SPD!

This may be the coolest thing I've ever done: OBJECT WITH MAN'S FACE

Some of you may already know that I have been eagerly awaiting publication on a collage poem collection calledObject With Man's Face.  I pitched it to Eric Lorberer atRain Taxi about eighteen months ago, as one of the edgier Ohm Editions books.  I say "book," but the truth is, this is a deck of cards! The original collection is a series of tiny collaged poems on Bristol board "artist trading cards," which I was lucky enough to be able to show Eric in person.

"City Structures" Release Party with Grimes, Woods and Besemer

Join me for a Damask Press release event this Sunday, July 7 at 7pm.  It's at Images Gallery Cooperative,1823 W. Wilson Ave. I'll be reading from some forthcoming books, most especially Aster to Daylily, which Damask will be publishing late this year!

 Here's the link to the facebook event for people who want to rsvp that way:
https://www.facebook.com/events/186788788149516/
Feel free to re-publicize! 

Slide Down My Rain Barrel

On Saturday June 29, I participated in the ninth annual Gary Clean Water Celebration, at Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana.  I offered outdoor “creative arts” for all ages, and I also demonstrated ways of decoratively painting rain barrels—sort of a smaller-scale cylindrical mural painting!  Two painted barrels were raffled off at the Celebration: one painted by me, the other by my partner R., whose help was invaluable!   

Marquette Park was a great place to hold an event like the Clean Water Celebration.

Reading at the Book Cellar this Thursday, April 25

Join me this Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm as I do another poetry reading with my friends Richard Fox and Robert McDonald!  As part of Chicago indie bookstore The Book Cellar's poetry month program, Robert, Richard and I have been invited to share the store's area-in-front-of-the-magazines (it's not exactly a stage).  I'll be reading from my forthcoming collection Telephone. The reading is free, but be sure to allow yourself time to browse and buy books!   The Book Cellar, 4736-8 North Lincoln Ave. 60625 773-293-2665.
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