Jamey Hecht

Jamey Hecht is the author of four books: Plato’s Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament (Twayne, 1999); a translation, Sophocles’ Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, 2005); Bloom’s How To Write About Homer (Chelsea House, 2010); and a collection of poems, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film (Red Hen Press, 2009).

He has edited the books Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, and Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History by Larry Hancock. From 2003 to 2006, Jamey Hecht covered Peak Oil and geopolitics as senior staff writer at www.fromthewilderness.com, and has taught literature at a dozen colleges. His PhD is from Brandeis, where he wrote on Hart Crane and Dylan Thomas.

Jamey Hecht’s poetry and prose have appeared in Tikkun, American Book Review, Shofar, Isotope, Caesura, Afterwords, Los Angeles Review, Black Warrior Review, Rattle, Free Inquiry, Block, Nerve, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, River City, Cloverdale Review, English Literary History, St. Ann’s Review, November 3rd Club, Critiphoria, Poetry Calendar, Essays on Robert Frost, Media Monitors’ Network, Poetry’s Poet: Essays on the Poetry, Pedagogy and Poetics of Allen Grossman, Barnes & Noble.com, Forschungen zur Freuhen Neuzeit, the Sixteenth Century Journal, the Progressive Populist, Counterpunch, L.A. Splash, Farmhouse Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Berlinerkunst, and Global Outlook.


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Limousine, Midnight Blue

Jamey Hecht

Publication Date: February 15, 2009

$16.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-128-2


This sequence of fifty 14-line poems uses the Zapruder Film of President Kennedy’s murder as a prism through which to view America and the world. Refracted rays touch on crime and punishment; guilt and responsibility; charisma and love; the dying victim’s experience during the stretched-out seconds of his violation and death; and the dark world of war profiteering, narco-traffic, and deceit where the facts of power determine history. Epic tradition (e.g., Homer, Dante, Milton) shares these pages with science, religion, and popular culture, now funny and now horrifying. Limousine, Midnight Blue is a haunted book about a haunted film of an event whose hungry ghosts still walk the American unconscious, rattling their chains louder every year.