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Poems. Saddle-stapled chapbook.

"In this marvelous collection, Charles Jensen gracefully ranges from grief to redemption in tightly constructed elegies. A lesser poet would have abandoned prosody for emotion, would have ignored creativity for therapy, would have betrayed the personal for the solipsistic, but Jensen's talent is large, encompassing, and smart. Like too few ot
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Chapbook, 27 pages
Published 2006 by Thorngate Road
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Collin Kelley
This review originally appeared in The Pedestal.


Winner of the 2006 Frank OHara Award Chapbook Competition, Charles Jensens spare and heartbreaking cycle of poems about the suicide of a former lover is chronicled in Living Things.

This collection, clocking in at twenty-six pages, is comprised of fourteen powerful poems, which unfurl in an arc that begins with the discovery of a body and ends with a returning home to an apparition following the funeral.

Jensen could have easily bogged Living Things
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Sara
Nov 27, 2007 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: poetry, people-i-know
Charles is not only a good, old friend from college, but also a fantastic writer.

Even if I didn't have a personal connection to his work, I would love it. His poetry is the kind that stands out from the masses when you read it in anthologies. He is absolutely marvelous.
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Charles Jensen is the author of The Nanopedia Quick-Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture (2012 MiPOESIAS Chapbook Series) and The First Risk, which was published in 2009 by Lethe Press and was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His previous chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Mi ...more
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