Sunday, February 28, 2016
Blurbs Without Words and My New Chapbook Published by Five Oaks Press
Proud to have my new chapbook Faithful as the Ground published by Five Oaks Press!
I'll get a box of copies soon, but it's already available on Amazon:
I couldn't be more in love with the cover art by Phoenix artist Richard Bledsoe.
Richard and Michele Bledsoe were were part of a collective that used to run a gallery where we would host monthly Caffeine Corridor Poetry Series readings and this painting (titled Among The Fortunate) was always one of my favorites of his. So I was thrilled to be able to use it for this chapbook, all these years later.
In the spirit of show-dont-tell, the back cover features this unconventional blurb without words:
The idea for this type of blurb first occurred when reading an article about Steven Pinker —
"This world-renowned Harvard linguist makes a convincing case for emoji"
Then it became obvious that the one and only person who could possibly pull this off was the inimitable Charles Jensen. It's an intriguing work of art in its own right and I love everything about it. Charles is the best.
Special thanks to Five Oaks Press editor Lynn Marie Houston for making sure everything turned out so perfectly.