Tag Archives: Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

How long would it take you to make my voice well up?

8 Aug

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins has 5 incredible poems over at fwriction : review right now. They hurt and swell and tender in all the right ways. It’s interesting new work by Brett, really, as I’m more used to her quippy funny work. It’s awesome to see her range from quirky/funny to punchy/pathos.


Even the crickets have become weary.
Heat lightning opening the dark corners
of the room. The fields thunder idly outside.
This feeling I’m having without you leaves me
with nothing. What this heat would feel like
with you in it, unstitching yourself
inside me. How long would it take you
to make my voice well up?

Read the other 4 poems at fwriction.


7 May

Finishing up my undergraduate degree this past week, I used new issues of some amazing journals that May unleashed to give me a break.

Below are the new issues of journals that I’ve read this week and enjoyed a great deal, featuring the declaration of my favorite piece from each issue:

Sixth Finch:
Each With Our Own Occult by Eric AndersonThe first poem from the issue and oh man, it brings the POWER. Maybe, I’m biased because it’s two lines in and INDIANA. I love Indiana, but no, I love this poem for more than that, it’s delicate progression before the awww-boom ending.

Take 42 by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Another delicately progressive poem that unfolds beautifully. That last line for some reason really shakes me.

Vinyl Poetry:
Self Portrait as Jeffrey Dahmer by Ocean Vuong I love how this poem uses its artifice and unexpectedly unleashes an insightful emotional journey. Just check out the opening two stanzas:

It is not the flesh I want
but what glows behind it.
For you are not the face
softened with evening. Not
the eyes I’ve searched,
in vain, for my own.

Because you are never what binds you—
not muscle or organ, not even
the voice: that rupture of air
I dare to deem melodic.

Diagram: Richard’s Mother Calls To Ask When He Is Coming Home by Daniel Story The distance this poem travels in its discussion of place, identity, and relationships is remarkable. Call it a ping-pong kinda thing. Also, I was impressed with how the use of the third person informed that movement.

I know many of you already read these magazines, but I hope you’ll check out these pieces and others if you haven’t already.

What are your favorite pieces from these issues? Any other new issues of journals I should not miss?

Reading w/ Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

13 Jul

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins recently raised a couple grand on Kickstarter to embark on a Midwest poetry tour, and she is coming to Indianapolis. Her poetry has appeared in Anderbo, PANK, ditch, G.U.D., Writers’ Block, and elsewhere.

Check out her poetry here.

Christopher Newgent lives in Indy where he has started Vouched Books to support and promote small press literature. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Everyday Genius, Poetry East, Freight Stories, and Copper Nickel.

Check out his poetry here.


Pretty excited about this reading. Not only is Jenkins good words, they’re letting me set up the Vouched table at this reading in lieu of having any of my own books to sell, so I get to hawk some good literature along with reading.