Calamity Joe

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$17.95  $16.69
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Red Hen Press
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Pages
112
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5.9 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
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9781597091763
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About the Author
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably FIELD, Ploughshares, RATTLE, Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Redivider, RUNES, and the LA Times-bestseller The Underground Guide To Los Angeles. His first book, Letters to Guns, was released in 2009 by Red Hen Press. Constantine holds an MFA degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently poet-in-residence at both Loyola Marymount University Extension and the Windward School in West Los Angeles. In addition, he conducts workshop classes at foster care centers, hospitals, and with the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.
Reviews

""Calamity Joe"--much like 'The Shield of Achilles'--is a convex mirror where the world is part Eden, part slum. Brendan Constantine is a dependable guide through the calamities of a "bottle-gutted" world: to the Injured and the poetry that survives and thrives there. The poems are landscapes and inscapes woven from the wilderness of childhood, and the aftermath of calamities and crimes. No howling. Urgency and shame temper the music to a compelling and sustaining song of our damaged world. Constantine's marvelous new second book is both Mirror, and the World and Music reflected there. Constantine's 'Joe' takes up where Berryman's 'Henry' left off."--Scott Hightower

"In Calamity Joe's world, language works as an electric lens through which our world shines back as still ours, but renewed and refreshed. Flamingoes live in a house with plastic people on the lawn. The splendors here remind us that we can realize and appreciate so much more than what we can merely recognize. With a remarkable attention to craft--internal rhymes, repetitions, unexpected rhythmic swervings--Constantine's poems issue forth from a voice charged by all it's seen along the way. I found these poems compelling in every good way."--Nance Van Winckel

"'A story is a house told by rooms, ' says Brendan Constantine in his new collection, "Calamity Joe", 'while a poem [is] one window flooded with light.' One of this book's great pleasures is that Constantine--and so the reader--manages to have it both ways, to give us both the poems, full of Constantine's usual wit and energy, and also the story, which suggests itself and unfolds in the spaces between poems and in their conversations, both with each other and with us. "Calamity Joe" is a splendid house, and its windows are blazing, whether you are standing inside or out."--Katharine Coles, author of "Fault" and "A History of the Garden"

""Calamity Joe"--much like 'The Shield of Achilles'--is a convex mirror where the world is part Eden, part slum. Brendan Constantine is a dependable guide through the calamities of a "bottle-glutted" world: to the Injured and the poetry that survives and thrives there. The poems are landscapes and inscapes woven from the wilderness of childhood, and the aftermath of calamities and crimes. No howling. Urgency and shame temper the music to a compelling and sustaining song of our damaged world. Constantine's marvelous new second book is both Mirror, and the World and Music reflected there. Constantine's 'Joe' takes up where Berryman's 'Henry' left off."--Scott Hightower


"Calamity Joe" much like The Shield of Achilles is a convex mirror where the world is part Eden, part slum. Brendan Constantine is a dependable guide through the calamities of a bottle-glutted world: to the Injured and the poetry that survives and thrives there. The poems are landscapes and inscapes woven from the wilderness of childhood, and the aftermath of calamities and crimes. No howling. Urgency and shame temper the music to a compelling and sustaining song of our damaged world. Constantine s marvelous new second book is both Mirror, and the World and Music reflected there. Constantine s Joe takes up where Berryman s Henry left off. Scott Hightower

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A story is a house told by rooms, says Brendan Constantine in his new collection, "Calamity Joe," while a poem [is] one window flooded with light. One of this book s great pleasures is that Constantine and so the reader manages to have it both ways, to give us both the poems, full of Constantine s usual wit and energy, and also the story, which suggests itself and unfolds in the spaces between poems and in their conversations, both with each other and with us. "Calamity Joe" is a splendid house, and its windows are blazing, whether you are standing inside or out. Katharine Coles, author of "Fault" and "A History of the Garden""

In Calamity Joe s world, language works as an electric lens through which our world shines back as still ours, but renewed and refreshed. Flamingoes live in a house with plastic people on the lawn. The splendors here remind us that we can realize and appreciate so much more than what we can merely recognize. With a remarkable attention to craft internal rhymes, repetitions, unexpected rhythmic swervings Constantine s poems issue forth from a voice charged by all it s seen along the way. I found these poems compelling in every good way. Nance Van Winckel"
"Calamity Joe" much like The Shield of Achilles is a convex mirror where the world is part Eden, part slum. Brendan Constantine is a dependable guide through the calamities of a bottle-glutted world: to the Injured and the poetry that survives and thrives there. The poems are landscapes and inscapes woven from the wilderness of childhood, and the aftermath of calamities and crimes. No howling. Urgency and shame temper the music to a compelling and sustaining song of our damaged world. Constantine s marvelous new second book is both Mirror, and the World and Music reflected there. Constantine s Joe takes up where Berryman s Henry left off. Scott Hightower"
Calamity Joe much like The Shield of Achilles is a convex mirror where the world is part Eden, part slum. Brendan Constantine is a dependable guide through the calamities of a bottle-glutted world: to the Injured and the poetry that survives and thrives there. The poems are landscapes and inscapes woven from the wilderness of childhood, and the aftermath of calamities and crimes. No howling. Urgency and shame temper the music to a compelling and sustaining song of our damaged world. Constantine s marvelous new second book is both Mirror, and the World and Music reflected there. Constantine s Joe takes up where Berryman s Henry left off. Scott Hightower"

A story is a house told by rooms, says Brendan Constantine in his new collection, Calamity Joe, while a poem [is] one window flooded with light. One of this book s great pleasures is that Constantine and so the reader manages to have it both ways, to give us both the poems, full of Constantine s usual wit and energy, and also the story, which suggests itself and unfolds in the spaces between poems and in their conversations, both with each other and with us. Calamity Joe is a splendid house, and its windows are blazing, whether you are standing inside or out. Katharine Coles, author of Fault and A History of the Garden

"

In Calamity Joe s world, language works as an electric lens through which our world shines back as still ours, but renewed and refreshed. Flamingoes live in a house with plastic people on the lawn. The splendors here remind us that we can realize and appreciate so much more than what we can merely recognize. With a remarkable attention to craft internal rhymes, repetitions, unexpected rhythmic swervings Constantine s poems issue forth from a voice charged by all it s seen along the way. I found these poems compelling in every good way. Nance Van Winckel

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