Click to purchase Story Problems from Palooka Press.
The cover art is by editor Jonathan Starke.
Written in the form of a reading comprehension exam, the poems in Story Problems examine spirituality, religion, science, whiteness, gender, mortality, and childhood, each ending with four questions posed to the reader.
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“As one can see in the above, the poetry arises partly from the leaps between the brief story and the questions. How does the reader comprehend the links between story and questions except to participate in a poetry experience, that is, where narratives need not be transparent, linear or even make sense? This, in fact, is one of the successes of STORY PROBLEMS: how it creates an unconventional space for reader-response….I do believe Charles Jensen is one of the most deft authors today utilizing the chapbook format.” —Eileen Tabios, Galatea Resurrects