by Jen Besemer

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A poetic solo act of call-and-response.

"Telephone is a game and a snake on the wall, and now it’s a book by Jen Besemer. Structured as a solo act of call-and-response, these poems talk to each other and to you. Fully situated in the contemporary moment, these small prose blocks function as windows looking out at American highways, noticing wildflowers instead of cars, urging us to “wake, you sleepers : mate your shoes.” Besemer highlights the violence in myths of happiness: “make a forest with your hands : do you want the wolf : do you want the woodcutter…children forced into iron dresses & lead slippers : to grow up half dead with worry over shapes & sizes & the presence or absence that will never fully define us.” Here are “borders to be crossed & kissed,” landscapes and bodies to reclaim: “the bulge in my trousers is that blip in spacetime.”"-Carol Guess

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148731825
Publisher: Brooklyn Arts Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 108
File size: 513 KB

About the Author

Jen Besemer is a hybrid artist and the author of four poetry chapbooks, the most recent being Object with Man’s Face (Rain Taxi Ohm Editions). She is currently pursuing solo and collaborative projects in recombinant poetry, translation, performance, criticism, visual art, and combinations thereof. Recent work has appeared in Artifice, Aufgabe, BlazeVOX, Drunkenboat, e-ratio, Otoliths, and Pank, and is anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat). Jen writes features and reviews for Rain Taxi Review of Books and teaches art and poetry workshops in and around Chicago. To learn more, visit

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