Coffee Stains: Short Form Prose and Poetry

Coffee Stains: Short Form Prose and Poetry

by Benjamin Dean


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ISBN-13: 9780967449913
Publisher: Pagence Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Pages: 111
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey this guy is something else. He has such a flare with ideas, thoughts, and words. His poetry makes me laugh, makes me really think inwardly and gives me funny visualizatons! Have you seen his art? He has some of his poetry on canvases that have a kind of asian flair, they hang on bamboo sticks and are not your stereo typical fine art, and they are very creative too just like his poetry. He is at the Colorado Coffee Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Soooo be looking for not only his great Coffee Stains book but his art as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of these books that make time go by fast and one just can't put it down. I am a foreigner, which puts me in a slight disadvantage when it comes to Poetry. However, I took a chance and picked up Benjamin's 'Coffee Stains, wondering if I am up to challenge. Some poems are immidiatelly understood, others I had to let sink in and wonder what the author meant, realizing he was just paying attention to events most of us won't. Benjamin Dean is able to turn observation and thoughts into poetry which reads easy, yet is incredibly well done and sticks with you beyond the last page. I very much enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
---this gives me a faith / in our species / that should be good / for several lifetimes--- Opening up a copy of Coffee Stains last night, I read the above lines. I wanted to read more. The following is an attempt to relate my experience of reading this book of poems. Benjamin¿s poetry hovers invitingly on the page. Often short, these textual bodies surrounded by the open space of empty paper speak in a music that enters the mind cleanly. They speak quickly at first, there is an immediacy of insight and observation¿I feel as if I am witnessing an event, a person, a sensation, an awareness myself. Sometimes I feel I am experiencing these things through Benjamin¿s eyes....what an amazing communication poetry can be! Other times, it is as if I myself am witnessing these sensations and contemplations triggered by a deeper awareness, or simply a communion with, the happenings of the everyday. So that, while immediate in one sense, these poems speak on another level as well, a voice that sticks with you, a perspective that gets inside a moment and draws out a wakefulness, a consciousness of something underlying the apparent. I think it¿s really the simplicity of that awareness that makes these poems say something to me as a reader. These poems capture something that can be really hard to put into words it¿s the feeling of witnessing something in your everyday life that, on the surface, can seem insignificant or trivial but that, for whatever reason, suddenly and intimately means so much. These poems look like the moments they convey. They feel like these moments. They feel like these effortless understandings that bridge an individual and experience. I wanted to write about these poems, to try to put into words why they work for me, why they communicate something meaningful to me. It¿s a hard thing to do I don¿t want to write some bs expository praise that is supposed to mean something but is really nothing more than saying what is always said about art. So, I will end this by saying simply that I have been reading Benjamin¿s poetry because it communicates with me. In the end, this is all I can say about poetry that is meaningful to me, outside of being significant in the context of individual expression. Some of these poems stick with me I can think of one poem in particular that influenced a particular decision in my life. On the surface, this was a small decision but one that embodied very important ideas in my life and that I will continue to remember when faced with similar decisions. Here is that poem: ---Let It Out! // it¿s not self-expression / unless it¿s being heard / unless it¿s being seen / unless it¿s making / choices for others / either easier / or more difficult---