Reality has begun to show its age, have you ticed? Joe has.Calamity Joe is the pen name of the mysterious narrator in a new kind of poetry collection. Spending his days in a lab, talking to mice & microbes, he will soon be the last living member of his family. More and more life seems to hint at its syntax and Joe feels that he can just make out the page he inhabits. Drastic measures are called for, but for what?Poet Brendan Constantine hasn t crafted ather vel in verse, but a secret life revealed by poetry. Open it anywhere and be rewarded with poems that stand alone; read it from the beginning and discover the deeper context that ties every image together. As with his previous collections, Constantine employs countless approaches to poetry and single style dominates. Looking through Joe s eyes we understand that life has single story, that love is t a single feeling, and that consciousness may be an act of sheer will.
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.