Poetry, chapbook, 32 pages, from Bottlecap Features.
Emily Dickinson’s Selfie offers readers a fresh perspective on poets of the past; we see Sylvia Plath, Stanley Kunitz, Paul Celan and Emily Dickinson (just to name a few) in new ways.
"Great poems are timeless and eternal. In Emily Dickinson’s Selfie, the great poets are too—and seem to be living among us. Gertrude Stein forgets her email password. Hart Crane files for unemployment. William Carlos Williams takes a COVID test. In Jennifer Poteet’s quirky, surprising poems, these poets of the past get caught up in all the worry and fuss of modern life—and stumble their way through it with as much difficulty as we do. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy, but always moving. Jennifer Poteet’s anachronistic poems make the familiar feel strange again, so that we can see it anew."
—Matthew Thorburn, Author of String
"In Emily Dickinson's Selfie, Jennifer Poteet brings dead poets back to life in contemporary situations, among them Philip Larkin, Pablo Neruda and Amy Lowell. With a mixture of her own voice and a brilliant echoing of their style, she gives us a fresh view on the poets’ work and their lives. Poteet's book charms us with her humor, sophistication, and her knowledge."
—Carole Stone, Author of five books of poetry, including American Rhapsody, CavanKerry Press and Traveling with the Dead, Backwaters Press
Jennifer Poteet lives in Montclair, NJ and works for public radio. She has one previous chapbook, Sleepwalking Home (Dancing Girl Press). She is a Pushcart Prize and Nina Riggs Award nominee. Her full-length collection What Comes Back was a finalist for the inaugural Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award.