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Jesse Ehrenberg

SURPRISE!







In Jesse's Surprise! world, the Unicorns are back (though scornful of human progress), Jesus is a Vegas magician, and Mickey Mouse has PTSD. But there are still starry nights and twilight transfigurations and poets who speak to us from paupers' graves. With heart and wit, these poems confront complacencies of thought and deed.

—John Roche


Jesse Ehrenberg's Surprise! cracks down reality to its boiling point of now. He's one of many voices in U.S. poetry decrying the  calamities and yet finding "sacred songs / in praise of tomorrow." All power to the poets like Jesse who are the lifeblood of America healthy and flowing as we all work through the prevailing idiocy.

—Larry Goodell


From the book:

Winter Birds


Winter birds

swarm

the evening sky,

they rise

and fall

in waves.

Black

against

Blue;

and

the

only sound,

is the sound

of wings.


And when

at last

the night arrives

(tired and

 out of sorts)

the birds

settle

slowly

down

from the sky;

and,

with head

tucked

under wing,

they sleep,

and dream.


Dreams of

endless sky,

dreams

of

being carried

by the wind.

Dreams,

like prayers,

offered

to the

freedom

of

flight.



Jesse Ehrenberg started writing poetry as a teenager and, as with any good obsession, has never found a reason to stop. He grew up in and around New York City and moved to New Mexico in the early 70s.

His work strongly reflects the influence of his parents who were both artists and political radicals. Intellectually, this didn’t leave him a lot to rebel against, but certainly left him rebellious as well as a rebel for social change. His work also shows a strong love of nature, and an endless fascination with this plague of lemmings we call the human race.

 Before leaving New York, he was published in the "Yale Literary Magazine" and a few other small east-coast collections. More recently, he has been published in several New Mexico poetry anthologies.

           Jesse is an English major with a background in Music and Art, and works running sound systems and designing posters for local bands.


SURPRISE! is a 60 page hand-stitched book with spine - $15.

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