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TELEPHONE is officially released today!

POETRY10/1/13 Brooklyn Arts Press   


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.

Tagged: The Next Big Thing Blog Interview Project

I was tagged by my dear friend and collaboratorj/j hastainto 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:

The Querist of Forms: Pretensions to Accessibility

Pretensions to Accessibility 

Poets 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.

Brooklyn Arts Press to publish my poetry collection TELEPHONE in 2013

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

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.

On Being Collectible: Artists, Writers and the Secondary Market

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.
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