POETRY10/1/13 Brooklyn Arts Press TELEPHONE
poems by Jen Besemer
$14.95 print / $9.99 ebook
108 pages / Pub date: October 1, 2013
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.
I was tagged by my dear friend and collaboratorj/j hastain
to participate in the ongoing blog interview project, "The Next Big Thing." For this project, I am to respond on my blog to the same questions j/j used, then tag five others to do the same on their blogs--or to guest blog here-- each of whom then tag five others themselves. Here, the questions refer to one of my forthcoming books. And I will add names and links to the blogs of the authors I "tag" right here, as they agree to participate:
, process notes
, art practice: issues and challenges
, poetry market
, nicholas alexander hayes
, j/j hastain
, The Next Big Thing project
, Brooklyn Arts Press
, michelle naka pierce
, christine mcnair
are people who make poetry, whatever that means. I make poetry that
interests me, and trust that my audience is made up of those who are
also interested in what I make. I find my work is strongest and most
satisfying to that audience when I am true to my own priorities and
my own poetics. I do not work with much concern over
"accessibility," which in the context of poetry refers to
whether or not the "general reader" will be able to find
value in the work--maybe through a recognition of cultural allusions
in the content, through emotional resonance or empathy with the
feelings described, or through relating to the experiences of the
poet as narrated in the poem.
I am very pleased to announce that my full-length poetry collection Telephone
has been accepted for publication by Brooklyn Arts Press
for their 2013 series! I've been invited to do the cover, too, which is quite a luxury. I am deeply honored to be included in B.A.P.'s author lineup.
For those interested in purchasing a copy once it's available, you'll be able to do so (and to pre-order) online through B.A.P.'s website, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble. The book will also be handled in the U.
The Last Question
In May 1929, the final issue appeared of the seminal art and literary magazine,The Little Review. It was devoted to the results of a questionnaire that the editors--Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson--had distributed to (as stated) "more than fifty of the foremost men in the arts." As a historical document, it is particularly fascinating, and on several levels. Not only do we get the actual questionnaire and the actual responses, we get photographs of the respondents, and we get an overall picture of some of the feelings, ideas and beliefs of many modernists.
Recently I discovered that a copy of
one of my early poetry chapbooks is available for sale through a
couple of online rare/out-of-print bookselling sites. It's listed
variously as a "signed first edition" and as "collectible."
At first I was highly amused to see my work classified in such ways,
but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the
descriptions are accurate. The bookiscollectible; it is not
available in brick-and-mortar stores or even on my website.