Living Things is out of print. The cover art is “Cedar Waxwing” by photographer Tracey Longley-Cook.
Winner, 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, selected by Jim Elledge
In the opening poem, a young man sits outside a bathroom as police officers collect evidence of his boyfriend’s suicide. Serving as a participant-observer of his own grief, the poems move softly and slowly through the process of mourning this deeply personal and unexpected loss.
“In this marvelous collection, Charles Jensen gracefully ranges from grief to redemption in tightly constructed elegies. A lesser poet would have abandoned prosody for emotion, would have ignored creativity for therapy, but Jensen’s talent is large, encompassing, and smart. Like too few other poets on today’s scene, he understands the elegy as genre and the capacity for poetry of all sorts to show, to guide, to confirm. I’m grateful for these personal glimpses into a death and a life, which are as unflinching as they are brave.” —Jim Elledge