This is Fifty-three is Kevin J. O’Conner’s seventh collection of poems—and his most ambitious to date.
This is not your typical poetry collection or photography book. Instead, it is an exploration, through words and pictures, of living with uncertainty at a time when we’d expect most of life’s big questions to have been already answered.
This Is Fifty-three breaks many of the unwritten rules governing poetry books, from its 8.5" x 8.5" format to its full-color interior, with graphics and/or photographs accompanying each poem. To emphasize the personal nature of the work, a self-portrait of the poet appears on the front cover.
Finally, This Is Fifty-three is an exploration of form and craft, both in words and visuals:
In my poems, I have continued to try out different forms and styles in order to stretch myself as a writer. As for the visuals, my previous books used images to mark the boundaries between sections; here, they are an integral part of the whole, whether complementing the text, or providing a counterpoint—or stirring things up.
The end result, for better or for worse, is an honest portrayal of me at age fifty-three.
—Kevin J. O’Conner, August 2016.
|Publisher:||Alarm Cat Design|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)|
About the Author
Kevin J. O’Conner (54) is not your typical poet. He has not won poetry awards or contests, earned advanced degrees, studied under well-known writers (though he does look to a few for inspiration), or been published in a long list of seemingly obscure journals (only a couple). Kevin’s working method combines monthly writing challenges with writing every day (or as close to it as possible). Initial feedback comes from posting each day’s best (or least horrible) poem to his blog, and reading at open-mic events. This approach disqualifies the poems from being considered for publication in most journals, making self-publishing the order of the day. To date, Kevin has published eight collections of poetry (which he also designed); the latest is …BUT FOR THE THOUGHTS RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND. He has also published three volumes of ‘love notes’ to the days of the week, ‘Dear Monday…’, 'Dear Tuesday…', and ‘Dear Wednesday…’ When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, participating in open-mic readings, designing books, taking photographs, and making large quantities of soup. He lives near Seattle with his semi-neurotic feline companion, Trixie. (Lucy—a/k/a the Alarm Cat—lives on as the Alarm Cat Press mascot.)