Calamity Joe

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.

Brendan Constantine ( Author Website )

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

$17.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-176-3


Neil McCarthy Praises the Humor in Calamity Joe

Brendan Constantine's Calamity Joe received high praises for its humor and originality in Neil McCarthy's blog, Neil McCarthy Poetry. "It’s only a matter of time before someone coins an adjective […]

storySouth’s take on Constantine’s Calamity Joe

storySouth applauds Brendan Constantine's poetry in Calamity Joe.- “While the narratives of loss help hold this work together, it’s Constantine’s lyrical touch that keeps the poems engaging…their inventiveness is refreshing […]