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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine

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Brendan Constantine was born in 1967, the second child of two working actors. Named for Irish playwright Brendan Behan, he's been making things up as long as he can remember. An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets, Brendan has served as a teacher of poetry in local schools and colleges for the last eighteen years. He is currently poet-in-residence at The Windward School in West Los Angeles. In addition to this, he regularly brings poetry workshops to hospitals, foster homes, correctional facilities, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Brendan’s first book, Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press), was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. His work has also appeared in numerous journals, most notably FIELD, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Los Angeles Review, Rattle, PANK, and LA Times Bestseller The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. New work is forthcoming in Pilgrimage. His second collection of poems, Birthday Girl With Possum, appeared last year and is quickly followed by a third, Calamity Joe, again from Red Hen Press.

In 2002 Mr. Constantine was nominated by the Poetry Super Highway for Poet Laureate of the state of California. He lives in Hollywood at Bela Lugosi’s last address.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Letters to Guns

Letters to Guns

Brendan Constantine
2009-02-15
$16.95 TP
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Description:

Letters To Guns examines the para-physical natures of love and history, at times re-imagining both. As the poems progress, eight letters arrive written by non-human addressees (a nightgown, a grove of trees, a wooden spoon, others) at random points over the last 2,200 years. They are messages from home and pleas for understanding, warnings and promises of change. These in turn ignite other poems and themes which anticipate the next arrival. Taken together, the letters form an armature, a living skeleton fleshed by real and metaphenomenal experience. Throughout, a variety of styles appears and no single approach to poetry pervades. Singly, these poems should challenge and entertain. As a group they must transform and evolve our experience of sitting down with a book of poems.


Calamity Joe

Calamity Joe

Brendan Constantine
2012-03-01
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Reality has begun to show its age. Have you noticed? 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 another “novel 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 no single style dominates. Looking through Joe’s eyes, we understand that life has no single story, that love is not a single feeling, and that consciousness may be an act of sheer will.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.