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Like Flesh Covers Bone

4.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A hundred pages of direct, uncompromising, and lyrical poetry filled with moving moments of intimacy, humor, love & loss. Nominated for Lambda Literary, Best Bisexual Book and the Publishing Triangle Awards. ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published December 2018 by Zeitgeit Press

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James Norman
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan Steckel builds her writing on the two pillars most important in poetry. She populates her writing with real people and real events, and then she makes them seem bigger, almost magical. She does it by parsing words when necessary, finding the correct image over the showy, well-traveled one, building lean functional beauty within a line, but then finally unleashing once the milieu has been correctly framed, allowing each fragment to levitate beyond context and creating that moment of wonder fo ...more
A.M. Leibowitz
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been following Jan Steckel on social media for some time, so I was familiar with her poetry before reading Like Flesh Covers Bone. I’ve been delighted by many of her sharp observations of the world, sometimes optimistic and other times cynical. This new collection is one I am sure to read over and over, particularly a few of my favorites.

My top two are the titular poem, “Like Flesh Covers Bone,” and one called “Intersection.” In both cases, it is the way they reach into my soul and my per
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First I have to say, Jan and I are long-term poetry friends through social media, we met once at an open mike when she traveled through Seattle; I invited her to write a blurb for my last book because of her medical background and her own journey with chronic illness. Jan Steckel's "Like Flesh Covers Bone" reverberates with her experience as an MD, her wide knowledge of esoteric facts, and her political stances. She is a strong advocate in the bisexual community and this also glitters within thi ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Okay, it's my own book, so of course I love it. It will be available soon on Amazon and at the Zeitgeist Press website at Right now, you can buy a signed copy at my readings or by sending a check for $17.00 to Jan Steckel/PO Box 18797/Oakland, CA 94619, or by sending it via PayPal to Jmsteckel at aol dot com. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan Steckel is a poet whose voice cannot be pigeonholed. She is one of the few poets, if not the only one I can think of, who could title a book after a line in a Bukowski poem, and have it work. There is most definitely a mind and a soul in these poems; the mind of an Ivy League educated pediatrician, and the soul of an activist for social justice, whether the issue be disability, sexuality, immigration, current events and current politics, or minority and oppressed voices. All of these topics ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jan's poetry is powerful without being pretentious; political but not polemical; open and honest and real. She has real skill with shaping poems, whether into works of whimsy or of illumination.
Lindsey R
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan’s poetry is a beautiful work of art with flares of wildness, humor, and deep feeling for injustices. I was intrigued to see how her views from both disability and LGBTQ communities would intersect in her writing experience. Her poems reveal a well traveled and cultured person. I loved seeing her sensuality and humanitarian sides come through in her variety of poems. Her layout for Like Flesh Covers Bone as a body metaphor conveyed a very intimate exploration of poems—at moments the feelings ...more
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Jan Steckel is an Oakland, California writer, a Harvard- and Yale-trained former pediatrician (now retired due to an acquired physical disability), and an activist for bisexual and disability rights. Her latest poetry book Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, 2018) was a finalist for poetry in the Bi Book Awards. Her first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011), w ...more

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